Acts 4:23-31 Prayer for Boldness

While preaching and healing in Jesus’ name in Jerusalem, Peter and John were arrested and interrogated by the Sanhedrin, the highest Jewish court comprised of rulers, elders, scribes and the temple’s high priest.

Because they could not imprison the apostles for the miraculous healing they performed, the Sanhedrin threatened them and forbid Peter and John to continue preaching in the name of Yeshua.

23 And being let go, they went to their own companions and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said to them.” (Acts 4:23)

There were already over five thousand Christians saved by faith in the Lord. When Peter and John were released, they reported to a group of believers who praised God and prayed with the apostles.

24 So when they heard that, they raised their voice to God with one accord and said: “Lord, You are God, who made heaven and earth and the sea, and all that is in them, 25 who by the mouth of Your servant David have said: ‘Why did the nations rage, And the people plot vain things? 26 The kings of the earth took their stand, And the rulers were gathered together Against the Lord and against His Christ.’ 27 “For truly against Your holy Servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, were gathered together 28 to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose determined before to be done.” (Acts 4:24-28)

When believers heard of Peter and John’s release, and the Sanhedrin’s threatening the apostles they rejoiced and gave praise to God, glorifying the Lord for His perfect plan and for the fulfillment of each believers commission to advance the gospel of Jesus Christ to the four corners of the earth.

29 Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, 30 by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.” (Acts 4:29-30)

The believers unselfishly asked for God’s will to be done in their lives and the apostles, so that He would be glorified at any price. Because the group of believers surrounding the apostles was driven by faith and purpose, the will of God would be praised and glorified rather than man’s will.

31 And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.” (Acts 4:31)

Those present at the time of prayer and worship were filled with the Holy Spirit and empowered by God through a physical manifestation of His mighty power. As their prayers were answered, each believer’s fear would be shaken off by this spiritual blessing matched with visible occurrence. Let’s pray!

Father God;

We thank you for your blessings in our lives and for your servant Luke,
We praise you Lord for his wisdom and for his works through this scripture,
We ask you Lord to inspire us to use these verses in our lives
As we grow in you through the teachings of your faithful apostle.

Lord we ask you to strengthen us each day as we endure through battles,
Allow us to praise and love each other through faith in you Jesus,
Shield us from evil through truth, the gospel, salvation and prayer,
Guide us to abide by your word as we spread your gospel to one and all
Becoming examples of faith through our character as we walk the narrow path.

God we pray that you will continue to bless us, to bless our lives and fill us with hope
We ask you Lord to guide our footsteps and lead us to the way everlasting,
Through faith in you Lord we seek salvation and a place with you in heaven
According to your word, your everlasting wisdom and strength.

May your will be done
In our lives, for your life.

We thank you for your love and all you bless us with each day.

Praise God,
Amen!

This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre
Email: danielstpierre@thrivethroughchrist.com

Posted in Bible Studies.

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