Her Name Means “Gazelle”.
In Greek Her name was “Dorcas”, respectively the Aramaic and Greek w ord for “gazelle,” exemplifies the right attitude towards material possessions expressed by Jesus in the Lucan Gospel. (Lk 6:30;11:41;12:33; 18:22;19:8)
Now in Joppa there was a disciple named She was completely occupied with good deeds and almsgiving. Now during those days, she fell sick and died, so after washing her, they laid (her) out in a room upstairs… The disciples, hearing that Peter was [nearby], sent two men to him with the request, “Please come to us without delay.” …When he arrived, they took him to the room upstairs where all the widows came to him weeping and showing him the tunics and cloaks that Dorcas had made while she was with them. Peter sent them all out and knelt down and prayed. Then He turned to her body and said,”Tabitha, rise up.” She opened her eyes, saw Peter, and sat up. He gave her His hand and raised her up, and when He had called the holy ones and the widows, He presented her alive. This became known all over Joppa, and many came to believe in the Lord. – Acts 9:36-42
Her Character: A married lay woman, a widow, a seamstress, native of Joppa (in modern Israel), a town of Mediterranean coast. 35 miles northwest of Jerusalem, she belonged to the earliest Christian congregations. She was a disciple known for her practical work for mercy.
Her Sorrow: To have suffered a grave illness.
Her Joy: To serve Jesus by Serving the poor.
Praying With Tabitha
So Peter got up and went with them. When he arrived, they took him to the room upstairs where all the widows came to him weeping and showing him the tunics and cloaks that Dorcas had made while she was with them.
– Acts 9:39
Praise God: For His power over death.
Offer Thanks: For answered prayers.
Confess: Any habit of limiting the power of prayer.
Ask God: To make you a woman or a person whose love for God has practical ramifications for those around her.
Lift Your Heart
Is there a Tabitha in your life, a woman or a man who is suffering in some way – someone perhaps, who has been a great support in your own life? Instead of being dishearten about what is happening to them, spend praying in the light of Tabitha’s story. Let her miracle increase your faith and shape your prayers. Remember to pray for those people who need most of your prayer and ask God to bring light out of the darkness of their present circumstances.
Lord show me how to pray increasingly with faith, aware that Your Spirit is no less powerful today than two thousand years ago. Act on behalf of Your servant and glorify Your name by what You do.