Now a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was an eloquent man, competent in the Scriptures . . . He began to speak boldly in the synagogue, but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately (Acts 18:24, 26).
Soon after a young man professed faith in Jesus, he began preaching in a small church. He didn’t know much about the Bible, or people, or preaching, but he knew God wanted others to know Jesus. So, the young man prayed that God would do a “mighty work” in that little church.
Unfortunately, the church did not flourish. In fact, it closed. Grief over not reaching people in that community deepened the man’s desire to minister effectively. So, freed of the daily obligations of running a church, the man pursued further training – that taught him deeper truths of Scripture, how God’s people grow in faith, and how to preach.
He is now one of the finest preachers in the country. God truly did a “mighty work” in that little church, humbling and preparing a man for God’s work.
God answered prayer as he knew was best, placing a talented servant on a path to greater service. In God’s graceful timing, he always answers faithful prayers as he knows is best.
Father, help me to remain faithful in my prayers with the confidence that you will answer in your graceful timing as you know is best.