Begin by praying the Collect for Grace and Collect for Purity.
Collect for Grace:
Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us safely to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Collect for Purity:
Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we might perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Read: Acts 26:9-21, Psalm 67, Galatians 1:11-24, and Matthew 10:16-22
Many of us know that Saul’s name was changed to Paul on the Damascus Road. Most of us are wrong. Acts 9 recounts Saul’s conversion, and several chapters later, St. Luke was still referring to him by his Hebrew name. It’s not until they are in a Greek-speaking town that Luke uses his Greek name. Just as most of us have a first and middle name, so did Saul Paul!
The conversion of St. Paul is an important event. It just goes to show that God can reach anyone, even those who are adamantly opposed to him. God can take anyone and put them to work building God’s kingdom. God can take our skills and passion and redirect it into something beautiful.
Take some time to thank God for not giving up on Paul. If not for him, we’d be missing a huge chunk of the Bible! Thank God for not giving up on any of us. Ask him to help you be as passionate about preaching the Gospel as Paul was. You may find the following prayer helpful:
O God, by the preaching of your apostle Paul you have caused the light of the Gospel to shine throughout the world: Grant, we pray, that we, having his wonderful conversion in remembrance, may show ourselves thankful to you by following his holy teaching; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.