12 Mar Acts 4: 24-31

24 And when they heard this, they lifted their voices to God with one accord and said, “O Lord, it is You who made the heaven and the earth and the sea, and all that is in them, 25 who by the Holy Spirit, through the mouth of our father David Your servant, said,

Why did the Gentiles rage,
And the peoples devise futile things?
26 ‘The kings of the earth took their stand,
And the rulers were gathered together
Against the Lord and against His Christ.’

27 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, 28 to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose predestined to occur. 29 And now, Lord, take note of their threats, and grant that Your bond-servants may speak Your word with all confidence, 30 while You extend Your hand to heal, and signs and wonders take place through the name of Your holy servant Jesus.” 31 And when they had prayed, the place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness.

Look closely at the Disciples’ prayer in Acts 4: 24-31. They did not pray for protection or even a way out of their predicament; they prayed for boldness to witness about Jesus to the very people who were threatening them. They acknowledged that they were praying to the Sovereign Lord who controls all things. When you believe this, your life takes on new meaning, and your actions will reflect that you live your life in the confidence of the fact that your life rests in the hands of the great I Am. It is shameful that our prayers often only consist of, “bless me, give me”; and our worship style is with what we are comfortable, rather than the fact that it is done in spirit and in truth. Our service is focused on the fact that Jesus is satisfied with our work, rather than man’s applause or making sure it doesn’t interfere with my plans. Our church membership is character, not achievement oriented. In other words, we come to worship because of its character as a holy community, not programs, parking, convenience, great music, and the popular place to be. The Christian who understands that their Savior is the great I am conforms their character, rather than the world.