Acts 4.23-31 – January 13, 2020

Acts 4.23-31

On their release, Peter and John went back to their own people and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them. When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God. “Sovereign Lord,” they said, “you made the heavens and the earth and the sea, and everything in them. You spoke by the Holy Spirit through the mouth of your servant, our father David:

“Why do the nations rage
and the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth rise up
and the rulers band together
against the Lord
and against his anointed one.”

Indeed Herod and Pontius Pilate met together with the Gentiles and the people of Israel in this city to conspire against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed. They did what your power and will had decided beforehand should happen. Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”

After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly. (Romans 12.1-2, NIV)

What would it have been like to pray in such a manner that the entire room in which you were in was shaken?

Thought Questions:

Peter and John actually rejoiced that they had been worthy to suffer for the name of Jesus and asked God to let them speak boldly, not in such a way so as to be effective without causing too much attention. How do you think you would have responded in a similar circumstance? What is the same and what is different about your response?

When have you been required to speak boldly, knowing that there would be some sort of repercussion if you did? How did you handle that situation?

What do you think is required of us to be so in tune with God in our prayers that something miraculous like the building being shaken might be a result? Why do we tend to assume that such an act is beyond possibility today?

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