Text: Acts 4 (Deuteronomy 31-32)
When Jesus’ followers act in the Holy Spirit’s power, things happen. There are miracles, and they speak the Word of God with power. The religious authorities are alarmed and attempt to silence the new movement by arresting and threatening the disciples. When this happens, rather than being intimidated, Jesus’ followers regroup in prayer. After they acknowledge that the rejection of Jesus was foretold in the Old Testament, they pray:
“And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” (Acts 4:29-30)
Threats do not weaken true believers. Instead, they are strengthened. But their strength comes from the Lord, through prayer. This is why prayer is such an essential part of our life as Christ followers. And this is also a great reminder of what we ought to pray for – God’s power and for our boldness. When we pray like this, we can expect things to happen.
“And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.” (Acts 4:31)
in Him, Mike