By: Darrelyn L. Tutt"He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, 'Cornelius. And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, 'What is it, Lord?' And he said unto him, 'Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before the Lord.'"Acts 10:3-4-----Seek - To look intently and steadfastly into a matter.-To ponder and pursue simultaneously.-To be on a mission with the goal of securing something.Cornelius was an avid seeker of God;His demonstrative acts of devotion speak to the disposition of a seeking soul and a tender flame burning within.Cornelius challenges us to pursue God with steadfast and earnest devotion.Three virtues of Cornelius:Responsive, Decisive, Discerning.-----Today's Read: Acts 10-11; Psalm 121The third hour (9:00 AM), sixth hour (12:00 Noon), and ninth hour (3:00 PM) were notable hours set apart for worship and prayer to God. From Old Testament times these "special hours" moved forward and resonated within the lives of God's elect ... permeating the lives of the New Testament Saints.Bringing God's people together in meaningful, powerful ways, the "understood hours" held weighty relevance to avid seeking followers of God:It joined them,Encircled them,And brought them together in uniformity, conformity, and unity.The referencing of hours holds value and weight in asserting something, therefore, about the individual and his priorities.Of interest, is the precious reality that Cornelius is observed with reference to the "special hours," along with Peter's intersection of him in our passage.The thing so notable about Cornelius is that he was a Gentile of Gentiles, procured with an elite status in the Roman guard. Protector of the Roman Regime, he held high office and rank amongst the peoples.But Cornelius was different.Cornelius was an observant, dedicated, devoted servant to God.The priorities of his heart managed the activities of his day and he yielded himself to a God that was greater than the Caesar and he paid Him homage.The posture and position of Cornelius at fixed times and in fitting ways is inspiring.God was paying attention back then ...And God is paying attention today.Those who are avidly spent in seeking Him, speaking to Him, and ordering their lives around Him are going to reap an inestimable sacred bond with Him.The individual bent on bending the knee,Will be procured a special standing with Christ.Cornelius's posture intersected Peter's posture in the "special hours" and in those special hours two hearts became linked, through prayer, to God's special providences.The two men's lives merged and met in story and glory to God.The story resounds with the impartation of blessing granted to seekers.Carve out the hours of the sacred and the elect,And dare to be a different kind ...Of Cornelius.-----"And Cornelius said, 'Four days ago I was fasting until this hour, and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing.'"Acts 10:30
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