February 16, 2018
Read Acts 4:23-37
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Scripture- Acts 4:29-30 - And now, O Lord, hear their threats, and give us, your servants, great boldness in preaching your word.30 Stretch out your hand with healing power; may miraculous signs and wonders be done through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”
Observations- Peter and John have just been bullied by the Sanhedrin and then sent on their way after a good scolding (Acts 4:13-23). Immediately upon their release they go back to the other believers and tell them all that had happened and what was their response? They prayed to God for more boldness.
Application- This is one of my favorite passages in Acts. I love that after getting bullied by the religious leaders the Jesus followers got together and prayed a bodacious prayer. They didn't pray, "Oh Lord help us, protect us, save us from the big bad bully." No, they prayed, "Lord, give us more boldness to spread Your word, to do signs and wonders and may it all be for your glory!" So often when we face opposition our go to prayer is asking God to protect us or save us. But what if we began praying like these first followers of Jesus and ask for MORE boldness to spread God's word, to do signs and wonders and to do it all for His glory! Maybe our lives would be shaken and filled with the Holy Spirit too (check out verse 31). Let's pray bold prayers!
Prayer- Lord, You are God, who made the heaven and earth and the sea and all that is in them. Give me, your servant, great boldness in preaching your word. Stretch out your hand with healing power across this land, may miraculous signs an wonders be done through the name of your holy servant Jesus. Amen.