What was your last prayer?
The Jewish leaders really didn’t like what Peter and John had done by healing the man who was lame from birth and tried every possible means to get them to stop talking about it. But Peter and John’s reply was that they simply couldn’t help talking about Jesus because they had seen and heard so many amazing things of God.
Sometimes it is easy to get weighed down in the everyday and forget the amazing things we know God has done for us through Jesus. In fact, it is easy to let the everyday completely take over and start to worship other things instead of God, and to hope in them to save us in some way or another. But as Peter pointed out, salvation can only be found in Jesus, as there is no other name under heaven by which we must be saved. Jesus is the only one who counts.
Peter and John were arrested for talking about Jesus, and were banned from talking about him. So they gathered the rest of the disciples and together they prayed. I’m not sure how you would have responded in that situation, but I think I would have been terrified and would have sought a way to quietly do as they had been told. Instead, they prayed that God would make them speak boldly in the face of all the threats, and to keep performing signs and wonders in Jesus’ name.
And God responded. The place where they were was shaken by a mini-earthquake, and they went out filled by the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly. And yet again, great things started to happen.
Lord God, thank you for the power of your Holy Spirit inside of each one of us. Help us to proclaim your name with boldness and tell them that Jesus is the only one who counts for our salvation. Help us not to forget the amazing things you have done for us. Amen.
Is there a situation that is scaring you today? Pray for boldness and the power of the Holy Spirit to give you courage to face what lies ahead.