Paul’s Unspoken Guide for Prayer
Acts Chapter 9 describes Saul’s encounter with the Resurrected Christ. By tracing Saul’s actions after his encounter, we learn that we must acknowledge our own sinfulness apart from Christ and confess our helplessness to restore ourselves unto God apart from His grace. This can only be truly seen after contact with all Power and Authority guided by Pure Love. Once Saul met the Lord and acknowledged Him, heaven was opened, and a pattern for the immediate entry of God’s grace unfolds for the hearing heart.
"And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, 'Ananias.' And he said, 'Behold, I am here, Lord.' And the Lord said unto him, 'Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth, and hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight.'" Acts 9:10-12
Saul’s life after meeting the Resurrected Christ is marked by prayer. From the above verse, the content of his prayer is unknown; however, it must have been one of humiliation and confession. What we do know is that heaven took notice. It was the prayer of a broken and a contrite heart. Instead of an opponent of faith, he was now an abode for God according to God’s desire as told by the prophet Isaiah.
Thus saith the LORD, The heaven [is] my throne, and the earth [is] my footstool: where [is] the house that ye build unto me? and where [is] the place of my rest? For all those [things] hath mine hand made, and all those [things] have been, saith the LORD: but to this [man] will I look, [even] to [him that is] poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word._Isaiah 66:1-2.