Let us Pray

23 When they were released, they went to their friends and reported what the chief priests and the elders had said to them. 24 And when they heard it, they lifted their voices together to God and said, “Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them, 25 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?

26    The kings of the earth set themselves,

and the rulers were gathered together,

against the Lord and against his Anointed’—

27 for truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, 28 to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place. 29 And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, 30 while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” 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 4:23=31)

All this week, we have been looking at the purpose of signs and wonders.  We have discovered that God has always used bold servants who will live and act in his name to show those who do not believe his mighty power.  Today in our text, we see Peter and John, after performing a miracle on a lame man and having been questioned and released, going back to the church.  The church, instead of hiding and crying out “persecution” gathered together to pray.  By the way, prayer was what started all of this in the upper room.  Without hesitation, they glorified God together and realized this was part and parcel with being a Christian.  The believers knew from scripture that this was all part of what was to be expected as a believer.  So they prayed that the signs and wonders would continue and for boldness to continue.  God answered their prayer.

God will always answer the prayer request for boldness to speak the word of God with boldness.  It’s amazing we don’t pray more for boldness.  Why not try it today?  If you find yourself being threatened for being a witness, (provided you aren’t doing crazy things like talking when you should be working), ask the Lord to stretch out his hand to heal and to do signs and wonders and to give you the boldness to continue to speak His word with boldness.

In closing, I can’t help but notice that these days, the Atheists seem to be bolder than Christians. From talk show hosts mocking the authenticity of the Bible to the internet chat rooms, they are banding together to get the message out that it is stupid and foolish to believe in God and Scripture.  We have the power of the one who created everything there is in the universe.  Let’s avail ourselves of that power.  Let’s be bold for God.

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