audacious prayer

By February 18, 2011July 14th, 2011christianity

There is one very audacious prayer in the Bible in the book of Acts – at least in the context of the circumstances it was prayed.

Here is the end of it.

Acts 4:29-31

29 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.

Peter and John were arrested and questioned before they prayed that prayer with others who were with them. Tey still talked abou Jesus as the risen one and the one who can save people – not from the government but from the power of the sin. On the top of that they miraculously healed one lame man. And that all was to much for the leaders in those days.

What fascinates me about the prayer in that context is that they were not praying for God to protect them. Instead they prayed for boldness and miracles to happen. I realize by myself that I pray more for the protection than for the boldness most of the time. There is nothing wrong about prayer for protection but on the other hand the message of the gospel needs us to be bold – otherwise nobody would know about the information that it carries and that would be bummer.

And what are you praying for?

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