Daily Walk with the Lord
Monday, April 16, 2018
Read: Acts 4:29,30
Memorise: Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word. (Acts 4:29)
Despite very real threats made by the chief priests and elders, the believers prayed for boldness to speak God’s Word, and for God to show forth His wonder – working power in miracles, signs and wonders through them, in the name of Jesus. They did not retreat to the comfort of their homes, when the very authorities who put Jesus to death threatened them. They did not ask Peter and John to flee the city from the treachery of the religious authorities. Instead, they prayed for boldness. For their amazing faith to glorify God, they were blessed with the very thing they asked for : to speak forth God’s Word in boldness.
What guides our prayer? Do we also for boldness to speak forth God’s Word even when there are oppositions? Or do we consistently pray for protection from harm and the heads of our persecutors and accusers? While we need to be wise and loving in the way we share God’s Word, there could be times when we are just creating excuses. Especially at such a time like this, it is so easy to retreat into our cocoons upon the slightest ” threat ” and make tons of analysis on what we should do.
This passage reminds us of why we came to believe in the first place; because some people had the boldness to share the Word with us, despite oppositions. So if you are really in love with God and called to love others, why should you not be praying to speak forth in boldness?
1. Lord God, help me to share Your Word in boldness, even if there would be persecutions.
2. Lord Jesus, teach me how to pray prayers that please You.
3. Pray that God should shift the attention of our ministers from leading people to pray for ephemeral things, to praying God’s heartbeat.