Read Acts 8: 26-40
Philip asked the Ethiopian eunuch, “Do you
understand what you are reading?”
In 1965, I was in a special reading class to develop my
comprehension skills. When I walked into the class on the
first day, my immediate thought was, I'm stupid, because I
would be sitting at a table with other people my peers had
Acts 8: 30-31 reminds me of this reading class. An
Ethiopian eunuch was reading aloud a passage from Isaiah
when Philip asked him, “Do you understand what you
are reading?” The eunuch replied, “How can I . . . unless
someone explains it to me?” When Philip explained how
Jesus fulfilled Isaiah’s prophecy, the eunuch became a
Christian whose witness could then help spread the gospel.
My special reading class taught me skills that enabled me
to graduate from college. But like the eunuch, I still need help
understanding scripture. I
attend a weekly Bible study,
where we study God’s word
and its meaning for our
lives. Through our study
of scripture we deepen
our relationship with God and are able, like the Ethiopian
eunuch, to proclaim the gospel message.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help us to understand scripture so
that we can proclaim the gospel. Amen.
Debra Pierce (Massachusetts)
Prayer Focus: SOMEONE LEARNING TO READ
Thought for the Day
Wisdom is a fountain of
life to one who has it
(Prov. 16: 22, nrsv).