Acts 10:1-4 “There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band, A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway. 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 God.”
In order to get an understanding of the thought this morning we must look at the entire picture. It is very obvious that Cornelius had a tremendous testimony. We can see that he had a high standard of holiness and honor before the Lord. His prayer life and giving was something that we must highlight because of the fact that God highlighted. The Bible says that the prayers and alms were a memorial before God. It is possible to be recognized before the Lord. It is possible rattle the attention of Heaven. This man prayed so fervently and gave so willingly that God created a memorial before him. This tells me that there are two things that will gain the attention of God:
1. A Passionate Prayer-life: God likes to hear from us. We need to understand that we may get to hear from God if He gets to hear from us.
2. A Life of Giving: Cornelius understood that the blessings in life were not obtained by what we gain, but by what we are able to give.
Today’s Challenge: Realize that if we are going to gain that attention of God then we must Pray like never before and then Give like never before.