Reading some more in the Book of Acts —
- Peter is full of the Holy Spirit.
- It is evident that Peter and John have been with Jesus.
- The miracle, that has spread to all who dwell in Jerusalem, cannot be denied.
- The disciples pray for boldness.
Here’s the story , , ,
The man, lame from birth, is walking.
People are gathered around.
Peter preaches a fiery sermon.
And the religious leaders show up — greatly disturbed.
Peter and John are detained and spend the night in the custody of these religious leaders. However, many believe, about 5,000!
The next day, Peter and John are brought before religious leaders for an interrogation. And Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, proclaims Jesus.
And “… when they [religious leaders] saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.
“And seeing the man who had been healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it. But when they had commanded them to go aside out of the council, they conferred among themselves, saying,
‘What shall we do to these men? For, indeed, that a notable miracle has been done through them is evident to all who dwell in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it. But so that it spreads no further among the people, let us severely threaten them, that from now on they speak to no man in this name.'”
Peter and John are let go and they return to the other disciples, and together they raise their voices to God. They pray,
“Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.”
Here’s my prayer , , ,
Lord, grant your servants boldness to speak your Word.
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