Be Filled With Holy Spirit

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Daily God Walk for Friday, July 29, 2011

 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.                      – Acts 4:31

 Our Scripture today is taken from a time of crisis for the early church. Peter and John had just returned from being interrogated by the Jewish leaders and they were ordered to not teach or do miracles in the name of Jesus.

When they were released they went back to the place where other believers had gathered and reported to them what they had been told. Knowing they could not deny the name of Jesus they did the only thing they could do: They Prayed.

Their prayer is recorded in Acts 4:23-30. Their concluding petition reads, “Now, Lord, Consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. Stretch out your hand to heal and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus” (v29-30). They didn’t pray for relief from persecution they only prayed to be given boldness to continue declaring the word of God.

God’s response to their prayer is our Scripture for today. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly. They had all been filled with the Holy Spirit earlier, but now they needed another filling to be able to do the work they had been called to do.

I noticed something particular about their prayer. It is this; they were desperate to have God intervene in their circumstances. They were not wavering on whether they should do the work they were just telling God they needed boldness and they needed signs to accompany their ministry.

In observing the church today there seems to be a lack of that kind of desperate crying out to God. He has the same miraculous power and the same boldness for his church today, but do we sense the same desperate need to have it in our lives and ministry? Think about it; then pray about it.

 Prayer: Lord, help me to see the desperate need for power and boldness today and to seek you for that boldness. Amen.

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