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Pray for boldness | Acts 4:29-31

29 And now, O Lord, hear their threats, and give us, your servants, great boldness in preaching your word. 30 Stretch out your hand with healing power; may miraculous signs and wonders be done through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”

31 After this prayer, the meeting place shook, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. Then they preached the word of God with boldness.

Acts 4:29-31 (NLT) 中文

Don’t use that name

After a night in prison, they were tried by the religious leaders. To these Peter preaches Jesus, the man whom they killed, as the only way of salvation. The Jewish religious leaders feared a riot so commanded them not to preach about Jesus then released them. After their release, they shared with the others what happened, then together they started their prayer to God for boldness. It continues here.

Pray for boldness

Can you picture this scene? They recognize they don’t have what they need, of themselves, to do the work God has called them to – preach the Word. In addition to boldness, they ask for signs and wonders to support their preaching and testimony. They knew from being with Jesus that signs and wonders alone couldn’t change hearts but, they can grab attention with demonstration of a power to save those who repent. Picture the Karate Kid whose faithful mentor teaches him courage and gives him special abilities (Karate moves) to fight the bullies. But what they didn’t ask for is what they really needed…and got…

Powerful confirmation

After their prayer, this powerful physical confirmation occurs – an earthquake. They were (again) filled with the Holy Spirit. But this time there is no speaking in other languages. Maybe there were no bystanders from other parts of the world that required such a miracle. The result? They preached with boldness – exactly what they prayed for – and needed.

Why a second filling (3rd for Peter – Acts 4:8)? One of my “go-to” commentators offers this suggestion: “The idea that we are “Spirit filled” only at an experience known as the “Baptism of the Holy Spirit” is wrong, though there may be a wonderful and first yielding to the Spirit’s power. We must be continually filled with the Holy Spirit, and make our “immersion” in Him a constant experience.” (enduringword.com) Paul tells us to be (continually) filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18).

RЯeflection

  • Want to heal people? Be careful. “It is a snare to long to be used to do miraculous things. It is often rooted in the pride that wants everyone to see just how greatly God can use me. I should be delighted in the power of God, not because He has used me to display it.” (enduringword.com)
  • What opposition are you facing? Obnoxious office mate or co-worker who lets everyone know they hate Christians? A parent who stubbornly refuses to listen to anything “religious” you say. For sure it’s the enemy of our souls who seeks to hinder our spiritual growth and ministry. Are you praying for courage? How about miracles to testify to God’s power? Some of us are very much lacking in this area!
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