Acts 28:11-16

Spend time in prayer and silence with God, asking Him to meet with you and speak to you.

Bible Reading

After three months, we put out to sea in a ship that had wintered on the island. It was an Alexandrian ship with the figurehead of the twin gods Castor and Pollux. We put in at Syracuse and stayed there three days. From there we set sail and arrived in Rhegium. The next day the south wind came up, and on the following day we reached Puteoli. There we found some brothers who invited us to spend a week with them. And so we came to Rome. The brothers there had heard we were coming, and they traveled as far as the Forum of Appius and the Three Taverns to meet us. At the sight of these men Paul thanked God and was encouraged. When we got to Rome, Paul was allowed to live by himself, with a soldier to guard him.

– Acts 28:11-16


Paul’s longing to come to Rome had been realized. While in Rome, Paul would be under house arrest. Even though he had a Roman guard with him, Paul was able to have visitors. He would continue to explain and declare to people the kingdom of God and convince them about Jesus from the Law of Moses and from the Prophets. For two years, Paul’s ministry would continue in Rome.

The Big Question

Even though Paul would have preferred his freedom, he was content with his living conditions and the fact that he was able to preach and teach until his trial before Caesar. Paul would touch many lives during this two-year imprisonment. Paul would continue to mentor some of the younger believers that came to faith in Christ because of his ministry. Even though he was a prisoner, Paul’s life was continuing to impact others as he poured himself out as a drink offering. Who are you pouring into?

Conclude your time in prayer and silence, reflecting on what God revealed to you today.