Scripture Reading: Acts 4:23-31
“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)
I often forget how powerful prayer can be. These early Christians, who were facing severe opposition and threats, prayed for boldness. God immediately answered their prayer because they trusted God completely and they prayed fervently.
Look at the way they began their prayer: “Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them…” (v. 24). These early Christians believed that God is sovereign over all things. They knew of His power and that through His power He created all things. They understood that they were totally dependent upon Him and they knew that He answers prayer. Do we believe these things? Do we pray like these early believers did — in absolute faith?
They also appealed to Scripture when they prayed: “Who through the mouth of our Father David, Your servant, said by the Holy Spirit, ‘Why did the Gentiles rage, and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord and against His Anointed’” (vs. 25,26). They applied the Scriptures to their circumstances (v. 27) and acknowledged the truth found in the Scriptures. Do we make Scripture part of our prayers? Do we apply His Word to the circumstances we face and do we claim His promises?
The early believers prayed specifically: “And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to Your servants to continue to speak Your word with all boldness” (v. 29). Their request was clear and specific. Do we clearly articulate our requests to God? Do we believe that He delights in our prayers?
Look at God’s answer to their prayer: “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” (v 31). God answers prayer! He hears our prayers and He does what is best for us.
Lord God, thank You that You hear my prayers and You answer them. Sometimes I have to wait for the answer and at other times You answer right away. Let me trust in Your sovereignty and power when I lift my prayers up to You. Let me rest in Your love and know that You will always do what is best for me. May my prayers bring glory to You.
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