“One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple (Psalm 27:4).”
My wife has put me on the most stringent diet of my life. It rules out a lot of the things I love, such ase ice cream. It includes things that in the past I would have never thought of as tasty, foods such as cracker bread, buckwheat without milk, and beets. I eat these things because I trust my wife and what she says about food.
In addition, I eat them because there is something about being hungry that makes these formerly appalling foods appealing. Proverbs says, “He who is full loathes honey, but to the hungry even what is bitter tastes sweet (Proverbs 27:7).”
God of course knows this. After all, he is the Source of all truth. So he used this truth to communicate something to the apostle Peter. One day Peter was having some prayer time up on a rooftop and became hungry. While he was waiting for his meal, he fell into a trance and saw a vision from God in which he was presented with a buffet.
God told him to eat the foods He was offering. Peter refused because his previous experience told him they were unclean. Maybe his hunger tempted him to partake of the spread, but his background stopped him in his tracks. But God in effect told him, “I am the expert on what is pure, so don’t argue with Me (Acts 10:9-16).”
Unbeknownst to Peter another man also had experienced a vision while he was praying. Cornelius, a Roman soldier, was told to send some men to go fetch Peter and bring him back. In the past, Peter would not have come because Jews could not fellowship with Gentiles. But he came because the message of God’s vision to Peter was that he should accept all men (Acts 10:1-8,24-29).
As a result of this visit, many Gentiles came to faith in Christ and received the Holy Spirit. The gospel was made available to all peoples.
Imagine if Peter and Cornelius were not the men of prayer they were. But fortunately for most of us, they had regular devotions. Their habit of meeting with God led to the availability of salvation for all men.
This makes me want to go and have my quiet time.