Acts 10:4 (NKJV) – “Your prayers and your alms (deeds of charity, a donation to the poor) have come up for a memorial (that by which the memory of a person or thing is preserved, remembrance) before God.”
There is no secret formula for hearing from God or being used by God. I have found through scripture that it is God’s desire to use you and I for his purposes. Its amazing to think of some of the people whom God chooses to use. I am sure you know a few (starting with yourself) that makes you stand back in awe at God’s mercy and grace. I don’t want you to get the wrong idea at the point I am trying to convey by posting the above scripture. Before I go any further I believe it is important that I state, I do not believe you can buy off God. However, I do believe that the spiritual disciplines we have set up in or life have a way of causing God to remember that we are available for him to use.
Our scripture text does not give the impression that Cornelius (the man whom this passage is referring to) was doing these things as a selfish motive to get in God’s good graces. What scripture does reveal is, “Cornelius was a devout man who feared God with all his household, who gave alms generously to the people, and prayed to God always” -Acts 10:2. In my simple thinking Cornelius was just reaching upward (connecting with God) and reaching outward (helping others). Because of Cornelious’ discipline of continually seeking God and helping others it allowed him to be remembered by God and the gift of the Holy Spirit was given to the Gentiles (non Jews) and the gospel of Jesus Christ advanced…see Acts 10:44-48.
In short, the point is this. Keep establishing a pattern of disciplines in your life no matter how hard it gets or how easy it would be to give up. You are not doing what you do to be seen by anyone but an audience of one, our Lord Jesus Christ. The process by which you make yourself available for God’s use is by establishing Godly disciplines in your life today.