Tuesday, January 28

Make us dangerous!

Scripture: Exodus 21-22, Psalm 12, Acts 4

Acts 4:29–31 And now, O Lord, hear their threats, and give us, your servants, great boldness in preaching your word. 30 Stretch out your hand with healing power; may miraculous signs and wonders be done through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” 

31 After this prayer, the meeting place shook, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. Then they preached the word of God with boldness.

Observation

After being arrested and threatened, Peter and John report back to the believers.  And this is their prayer!  Not, “O Lord, hear their threats and protect your people.”  No, no!  They pray, “O Lord, hear their threats and give us great boldness in declaring your message!”

And God answered their prayer and filled them all with the Holy Spirit and boldness!

Application

So often we are concerned about our safety, our reputation, our comfort, what others will think of us.  Our prayer would be, “Keep us safe.”  Their prayer was, “Make us dangerous!”  Their prayer was, “Make us bold, confident, brave!”  

Here’s an idea that makes it easier to be bold: have conversations instead of making presentations.  Don’t think of the gospel as a sales pitch, a presentation you have make and then get a decision.  Think of it as good news that you’d love to share with someone, and then simply have a gospel conversation.  

Here’s my prayer:

Prayer: Lord, fill me—fill us—with the Holy Spirit and with great boldness to share the good news today!