Praying for the Necessary

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Acts 4:29 “And now, Lord, behold their threatenings…”

Peter and John had done a terrible thing.  They were making their way into the temple to pray when they saw a lame man begging for alms.  Instead of giving him money or food, they just had the nerve to give his feet and ankle bones strength and make him walk!  How dare they??  Anyway, the religious crowd of the day didn’t appreciate this.  It wasn’t the fact that the beggar was able to walk for the very first time in his life.  Nooooo, it was the fact this miracle was done “in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth” (Acts 3:6) that got them all hot and bothered.  They were commanded to never speak in that offensive name again.

Peter and John go back to their church and they all do what comes so naturally to godly people: pray!  They have probably the most powerful prayer meeting recorded in the scriptures (Acts 4:23-31).  Go through the passage and you’ll see a people in unity, claiming God’s promises, praying for the necessary… as opposed to the easy.  They’ve been threatened.  The easy prayer–hence, the easy way–would be to ask God to remove the threatenings.  We are so quick to ask for deliverance from challenges and trials.  In the face of opposition, the church prayed like this (Acts 4:29): “And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word…”.  They asked for boldness to do exactly what their enemies had forbidden them to do.  Why?  Because it was absolutely necessary.  The early church was very serious about the great commission and was not concerned with being “carried to the skies on flowery beds of ease”.

Usually, it’s the dark, difficult–sometimes hopeless–times in our lives where we do the most growing.  These are necessary times.  Let’s not be so quick to ask God to take away the trying of our faith.  Rather, let’s ask God for strength, wisdom and boldness to emerge victorious!

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