Having been released by the Jewish council, Peter and John “went to their friends and reported what the chief priests and the elders had said to them”(Acts 4:23). This includes the threat that they should no longer speak in Jesus’ name. The gathered Christians decide that the only appropriate response is to ask for God’s help. “And when they heard it, they lifted their voices together to God”(Acts 4:24). Disciples are renewed and refreshed as we seek God’s help together.
Their prayer weaves together Scripture, history, and request. They quote from Psalm 2: “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”(Acts 4:25-26). This describes the ridiculousness of human opposition to God and his messiah. Yet the disciples have seen this: “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, to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place”(Acts 4:27-28). In their opposition, they wind up doing precisely what God had foretold. Trusting God, then, the Christians pray for boldness (Acts 4:29) as they keep preaching in defiance of the government. Their request is granted (Acts 4:31).
We need the confidence of these early Christians. They are certain that man cannot stop God. Since he wants this message preached, no force in heaven or on earth will stop it. They want only to be found obedient to God’s expectation, continuing to preach with boldness.
------------- One Thing to Think About: How have I seen Scripture fulfilled?
One Thing to Pray For: Confidence that God’s will will be done
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