Praying for Boldness
It was a united prayer meeting as they “lifted up their voice to God with one accord” (Acts 4:24; see 1:14). The people were of one heart and mind, and God was pleased to answer their requests. Division in the church always hinders prayer and robs the church of spiritual power.
Their praying was based solidly on the Word of God, in this case, Psalm 2. The Word of God and prayer must always go together (John 15:7). In His Word, God speaks to us and tells us what He wants to do. In prayer, we speak to Him and make ourselves available to accomplish His will. True prayer is not telling God what to do, but asking God to do His will in us and through us (1 John 5:14–15). It means getting God’s will done on earth, not man’s will done in heaven.
4. The final conviction of the church’s prayer was that God would confirm the witness of the church with a continuation of signs and wonders. They expected miracles to attend their preaching! That’s why they prayed for more boldness and more manifestations of the Holy Spirit’s power, for further visible proof that God had heard their prayer for courage. Amazing. They prayed for the Lord to continue the healings which had caused such consternation and trouble. The spectacular events spread across the pages of Acts can all be traced back to praying like that.
2. Opposition and threats. What they had endured had happened to the Lord’s people through the ages. They could not put their trust in people. Their experience was not unlike that of David long before. His question in Psalm 2:1–2, repeated from memory in their prayer, gave profound comfort (vv. 25–26). The church was in good company! God’s faithful people have always been in trouble. It was the acid test that they were obeying God rather than men. We wonder if Jesus’ words about persecution stirred within them as they prayed. He had called persecution for righteousness’ sake “blessed.”