Do not delay (Acts 22:16)

“Now why do you delay?

Get up!

Be baptized!

Have your sins

Washed away!

Call on his name!”’

καὶ νῦν τί μέλλεις; ἀναστὰς βάπτισαι καὶ ἀπόλουσαι τὰς ἁμαρτίας σου, ἐπικαλεσάμενος τὸ ὄνομα αὐτοῦ.

The author of Acts indicated that Paul said that Ananias asked him “Why do you delay (καὶ νῦν τί μέλλεις)?”  He told him to get up (ἀναστὰς) and be baptized (βάπτισαι).  He was to have his sins washed away (καὶ ἀπόλουσαι τὰς ἁμαρτίας σου).  He was to call on the name of Jesus (ἐπικαλεσάμενος τὸ ὄνομα αὐτοῦ)!  There was something similar in chapter 9:18.  “His sight was restored (ἀνέβλεψέν τε).  Then he got up (καὶ ἀναστὰς) and he was baptized (ἐβαπτίσθη).”  In Acts 26, Paul never mentioned anything about his blindness or being baptized.  Paul just received a mission from God.  Here Ananias had cured Saul of his blindness, both physical and spiritual blindness.  Now he was baptized also.  Do you still have some spiritual blindness?

Do not delay (Dan 9:17-9:19)

“Now therefore!

O our God!

Listen to the prayer

Of your servant!

Listen to his supplications!

For your own sake!

O Lord!

Let your face

Shine upon

Your desolated sanctuary!

O my God!

Incline your ear!


Open your eyes!

Look at our desolation!

Look at the city

That bears your name!

We do not present

Our supplications

Before you

On the ground

Of our righteousness,

But on the ground

Of your great mercies.

O Lord!


O Lord!


O Lord!



Do not delay!

For your own sake,

O my God,

Because your city,

Your people,

Bear your name.”

Daniel finished up this prayer with a demand that the Lord God act right away and not delay. He wanted God to see and listen to his prayers and supplications, not because of their righteousness, but for the sake of his name and his great mercy. He wanted God to see their desolated sanctuary. He wanted God to see what was happening to the city that bore his name. He wanted God to see, hear, listen, forgive, act, and not delay.