Daily Devotion, 03/21/2019, “Shaken”
Acts 4:29-31 NIV
Now, Lord, 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.” 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.
If you have time, read the previous verses in chapter 4 to give you a better picture of why the disciples were praying as they were in our passage today. This is one of my favorite chapters in the Bible because of how the disciples responded to the threats made against them and because of how the Holy Spirit responded to the prayers they prayed. Peter and John had been arrested and then questioned by the Jewish religious leaders regarding what they were teaching about Jesus. The religious leaders realized that undeniable miracles were taking place and that these common men were influencing thousands with their words. Rather than celebrating what God was obviously doing, they wanted to stop it because they saw it as a threat to the power and control they wielded through Judaism. Because “all of the people were praising God for what had happened,” (verse 21), they decided not to harm Peter and John but to instead warn them and threaten them that they’d better stop healing and teaching in Jesus name.
What would you pray for after being arrested, warned and threatened? Protection? Deliverance? Favor? Maybe for something really bad to happen to those threatening you? Peter, John and the other believers prayed that God would give them a greater boldness to speak for Him and for Him to continue to heal and perform signs and wonders through them. They prayed that God would make them better at doing what they had been threatened not to do. God was so moved by their prayers that the presence of the Holy Spirit literally shook the place where they were praying. Wow! May we be so surrendered, so faith filled and so shaken! You are loved!