(Ricky Scaparo) “Acts 10 -1- 8 – There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of what was called the Italian Regiment, a devout man and one who feared God with all his household, who gave alms generously to the people, and prayed to God always. About the ninth hour of the day he saw clearly in a vision an angel of God coming in and saying to him, “Cornelius!” And when he observed him, he was afraid, and said, “What is it, lord?”
So he said to him, “Your prayers and your alms have come up for a memorial before God. Now send men to Joppa, and send for Simon whose surname is Peter. He is lodging with Simon, a tanner, whose house is by the sea. He will tell you what you must do.” And when the angel who spoke to him had departed, Cornelius called two of his household servants and a devout soldier from among those who waited on him continually. So when he had explained all these things to them, he sent them to Joppa.”
Acts 10:30-32 – So 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, and said, ‘Cornelius, your prayer has been heard, and your alms are remembered in the sight of God. Send therefore to Joppa and call Simon here, whose surname is Peter. He is lodging in the house of Simon, a tanner, by the sea. When he comes, he will speak to you.’
If you read one of my last blogs on the three secret duties of a believer you will remember how I revealed the 3-Cord combination of Prayer, Fasting and Giving and how it will result in blessing , breakthroughs and Miracles and the story above of Cornelius the Centurion is one of the most beautiful examples of such. According to this account Cornelius had all 3 of these attributes in his life:
1 – Cornelius was devout man, one who feared God with all his household. This included fasting as it is revealed in verse 30 of Acts chapter 10.
2- Cornelius gave alms generously to the people. In otherwards Cornelius was a persistent giver. He understood the blessing of Giving and Receiving.
3- Cornelius prayed to God always. Cornelius had a consistent prayer and devotional life.
The combination of these attributes resulted in a miracle that took place for Cornelius and his household. The bible tells us that this man was marked by God and remembered in Heaven. When this man’s season had come the Lord sent an Angel of Heaven to Cornelius’s house to reveal to him something he had not previously known. I want to point out something here. First off Cornelius wasn’t in need of a physical healing, a Financial blessing, deliverance or a breakthrough in his marriage. What this man and his family was in need of was the “Revelation of Jesus Christ” and salvation through the blood and faith in him.
You see Cornelius was a gentile and if you remember the Gospel was sent to the Lost house of Israel and not them, But we know that the Jews ultimately rejected this salvation and the Lord turned his attention to the Gentiles by raising up the Apostle Paul and other disciples to preach the Gospel to them. So here is a man who was not a Jew but captured the attention of Heaven and the heart of God by three distinctive attributes that he was persistent in. The result of this was the Lord speaking to Peter who, I believe was also fasting and lying on the housetop in the city of Joppa and received specific instructions from the Lord to visit Cornelius and his household to bring them the revelation of salvation through Jesus Christ.
What is the miracle you need in this season of Prayer and Fasting? Perhaps it’s healing in your body, Financial Breakthrough, Deliverance, Direction or perhaps what Cornelius needed, A salvation experience in your family! I believe through our devotion to prayer and fasting we can experience miracles like Cornelius did in Acts chapter 10. Do you need loved one’s to come to Jesus? Do you need a miracle in your own marriage? Remember friend just as Cornelius was remembered by the Lord your diligent seeking of him is not in vain! Keep praying, Keep Fasting and Keep Giving to his Kingdom. Your Season of Miracles and Breakthroughs are on the way!
Galatians 6:9 – And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.