After Peter’s experience in Samaria (Acts 8:14-25) his ministry moved from being an administrator in the Church at Jerusalem to be an itinerant evangelist in the region of Samaria. While he was in Joppa word came that a woman named Tabitha, who lived in the town of Lydda, had died. Peter was summoned by the local disciples for assistance. Upon arriving, he immediately told the mourners to leave the house. He then went to where Tabitha’s lifeless body laid and prayed. He then turned to the corpse and simply said, “Tabitha, arise.” She immediately sat up and took Peter’s hand and stood up. (Acts 9:40, 41) Peter was willing to respond to whatever need would present itself. It is one thing to know what the Bible says, but quite another thing to put those words into action. Peter traveled ten miles to encounter a situation that could have a multitude of options. His responsibility was to show up so the Lord’s purpose and will would be displayed.
Before Peter gave that life-giving command, he prayed so as to know what God would have him do. (Ref. Acts 9:36-41) Do we pray seeking God’s direction in our lives? Believers tend to pray for God’s overall plan for their life while neglecting to pray for His daily desires for our lives. Remember the time when we found ourselves in a situation that we could not figure out why we were there or what He wanted us to do? Jesus said a number of times, “He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.” (Matthew 12:11:15) It is time to get our ears tested, for many of us are failing to hear what He is saying. Peter prayed. God Answered. Peter acted. When you find yourself in Lydda, ask God what He wants you to do….and then do it!