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Saul to Paul

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I have two questions or at least lines of discussions on this event as it relates to God being with us.

First, were the Christians praying for Saul at this time?  Was this an answer to their prayers?

My thoughts would be that they were not only because they refused to fellowship with him, were still scared of him and had a hard time believing that he had become a follower of Christ.

Why do I not pray more for those that persecute me and why are my prayers not for their salvation?  Why am I not praying that those who are killing the Christians in Syria come to faith?

Secondly, why when Saul stopped persecuting the Church was there no one else that took up the task?

Were they afraid of what he experienced?  Were they filled with less zeal or anger or revenge or need for power?  Was the power of God in the immediate transition from religious zealot to a follower of Jesus something that was stronger than the stoning of Stephen?

Is our transition the same when we decide to walk with God and He with us?  Can we stop even the followers of evil from desiring to pursue evil from the miracle God performs in our lives?

Did you notice that Ananias did not even write  a letter of endorsement for Paul to take to the Church in Jerusalem.  Paul walked with God and God with him – that was enough endorsement.  Sure enough, after a few days and a friend that came alongside him, it was.

Walk with God today, let Him walk with you and watch the “Saul” things in your life turn to “Paul” things.

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“Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emman′u-el” (which means, God with us)." Matthew 1:23 RSV
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