Scripture Acts 4:30-31
28 They did what your power and will had decided beforehand should happen. 29 Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. 30 Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” 31 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.
- These words are the conclusion of what the church prays when Peter and John were released from prison after being arrested for healing on the sabbath
- None of the prayer is about protection but rather enabling the mission of proclaiming and witnessing to Jesus’ resurrection
- Nothing about Peter and John being delivered either – here or in what precedes it
- The prayer elicits a strong response from God – a physical shaking of the building and a new filling with the Spirit
I am astounded – again – by the faith of the early church. Peter and John are in prison and on their release their response? They don’t event thank God for letting them go! They pray for more mission, more ministry, more fruit in proclaiming Jesus crucified and risen. Wow. My prayers for money, for resolution of issues, for people’s illnesses all seem so small by contrast.
What does God want to do – through me, through my church? Do I pray for such things? Not really or not as much as I ought. Prayers for stuff of some sort or another are the norm for me whether for personal or church issues.
To have a renewed sense of vision larger than myself, larger than my imagination. Prayers big enough for God – not just for God’s power but for God’s will and purposes.
Lord, do wondrous things through me today. Things that only your power can do. Things that will cause people to look beyond me to the God who does them, May I have that apostolic faith and vision and passion that leads to such earth- and building-shaking prayers! In the name of Jesus. Amen.