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If you’re going to sleep off, make sure you choose where you do. Eutychus may not have planned to sleep off as he listened to Paul’s lengthy preaching, but he did and that cost him his life – were it not for the fact that Paul stepped in and raised him back to life.
The disciples slept off during Jesus’ greatest hour of need; they couldn’t keep their eyes open, but Jesus carried on in agonizing prayer. He didn’t let the people sleeping on his watch slow him down, distract or dissuade him.
Are you the kind of person who goes to sleep when you should be active and participating? Even more concerning, are you the type of person that if people go to sleep on your watch, things get worse and stay worse?
Do you think, well, if no one is doing anything, why should I? Why should I be expending myself, am I the only? Or do you step up and say not on my watch! Paul stepped down to Eutychus and raised him up – no dead people on my watch! Jesus pressed on in prayer needed for his greatest hour – no broken communication with my Father on my watch!
What, this week, are you deciding is not going to happen or continue to happen on your watch?
There are people’s deliverance and comfort waiting on that decision!
“On the first day of the week we came together to break bread. Paul spoke to the people and, because he intended to leave the next day, kept on talking until midnight. There were many lamps in the upstairs room where we were meeting. Seated in a window was a young man named Eutychus, who was sinking into a deep sleep as Paul talked on and on. When he was sound asleep, he fell to the ground from the third story and was picked up dead. Paul went down, threw himself on the young man and put his arms around him. “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “He’s alive!” Then he went upstairs again and broke bread and ate. After talking until daylight, he left. The people took the young man home alive and were greatly comforted.”
Acts 20: 7-12 NIV
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