Hi sisters and brothers,
Below is my writing about Acts 4: 23- 31 – The Believers Pray.
Acts is the fifth book of the New Testament, after the four Gospels. Acts tells things that apostles of Jesus Christ did after Jesus was executed. Acts 4 means Chapter 4 of Acts.
Acts 4:23-31 New International Version (NIV)
The Believers Pray
23 On their release, Peter and John went back to their own people and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them.24 When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God. “Sovereign Lord,” they said, “you made the heavens and the earth and the sea, and everything in them. 25 You spoke by the Holy Spirit through the mouth of your servant, our father David:
27 Indeed Herod and Pontius Pilate met together with the Gentiles and the people of Israel in this city to conspire against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed. 28 They did what your power and will had decided beforehand should happen. 29 Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness.30 Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”
31 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.
These prayers were from Peter, John and their own people. Peter (Saint Peter) and John (John the Apostle) were two of the twelves apostles of Jesus Christ. Peter was also the “Apostle of the Apostles”.
These prayers were strong and full of faith.
At first they praised God, about God’s power and will (Acts 4: 24 – 28). Of course they knew God didn’t need their praises. They praised not because of God but because of themselves. Just in the praises, they submitted to God. Total submission was the important thing in the culture of Abrahamic religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
Then they asked God: “…consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”
They asked God 4 things:
- Consider their threats (threats of Herod, Pontius Pilate, the Gentiles and the people of Israel in that city)
- Enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness
- Stretch out your hand to heal
- Perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus
They – apostles and followers of Jesus – asked God 4 things. And because they believed that Jesus was God, perhaps deep in their heart they asked Jesus when they said “God”.
Jesus said to them, “Ask and it will be given to you” (Matthew 7:7). Because they believed in Jesus, they believed they would have the things they asked for, and indeed they got what they asked for: “[A]fter 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.”
Thank you, sisters and brothers.
The New Testament
* Matthew 4:1-11 – Chúa Giêsu chịu cám dỗ
* Matthew 5:1-12 – Những người được phúc
* Matthew 5:13-16 – Muối và Ánh sáng
* Matthew 7:7-12 – Xin, Tìm, Gõ cửa
* Matthew 8:18-22 – Cái giá của đi theo Chúa Giêsu
* Matthew 14:22-33 – Walking on the Water
* John 12:1-11 – Mary Magdalene xức dầu thơm cho Jesus
* John 13:1-17 – Tình yêu và tính lãnh đạo trong Giêsu
* John 13:1-17 – Khiêm tốn và tình yêu trong Giêsu
* John 14:1-4 – Jesus comforts His disciples
The Old Testament