After they had prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit.
Do you feel like you’re under attack today? If so, notice four things the Apostles did when they were threatened by the authorities for doing what God told them to do:
(1) They brought God into the picture. “Lord, look on their threats” (Acts 4:29 NIV). Have you talked to the Lord about it yet? If it’s not big enough to be a prayer it’s too small to be a burden! God should be the first person you discuss it with, not the last. Prayer is the door through which He enters your situation, but you have to invite Him in.
(2) They prayed for greater faith. “Lord… grant to Your servants… boldness” (Acts 4:29). It’s unrealistic to expect that all your questions will be answered and all your fears disappear. Fear and faith will always be at work in your life. If you want to be an overcomer, learn to starve your fear and feed your faith (Romans 10:17).
(3) They expected God to intervene. “Stretch out Your hand” (Acts 4:30 NIV). The disciples had been through a terrible storm with Jesus so they knew what He could do: “About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water” (Matthew 14:25 NLT). And He still works the nightshift. He’s available 24/7; all you need to do is call on Him!
(4) They were all filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 4:31). There’s the key; they stayed energised and directed by the Spirit of God. And you must too. It’s okay to use your gifts, as long as you lean only on God!
Daily Bible Reading:
1 Chronicles 16-18, John 10:1-10, Psalm 105:1-15, Proverbs 26:23-26