“The next day, as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the housetop about the sixth hour to pray.” (Acts 10:9)
I like the picture of this verse, the snapshot of people on a journey. The word “journey” is a word I really like. Several times in Acts, followers of Jesus were referred to as people of “The Way.” They were on a journey with Jesus, the Way (John 14:6). They were on journey together. They were fellow sojourners traveling the kingdom way.
On a walk this morning, we listened to the steady rumble of a train across the Cowlitz river. There is something about a train, full of cargo and people on the way somewhere. The sound of metal wheels on metal tracks shouts of traveling people traveling to mysterious destinations. Journey. Movement.
Acts 10:9 is also a story about a Jesus follower who understood the power of prayer. Peter went to a housetop to pray. I wonder if he was looking out at people of the city, people searching and people scattered? I wonder if he wanted to shout to all he could see that the journey with Jesus takes us to better places than we could ever imagine? That being on board with Jesus is the best track to follow?
When Peter prayed, I wonder if he was praying with a heart of compassion, like Jesus, who looked at the people with compassion because they were helpless like sheep without a shepherd? Traveling somewhere but nowhere? Was he praying for more people to join the journey with Jesus? It seems like something he would do. Jesus did.
“When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”
—What cargo threatens to slow your journey?
—For you, what is the most joyful thing about your journey with Jesus?
—Who are you praying for?