Day 26 Devo - Powerful Prayer

In  Acts chapter four, we read about the apostles Peter and John being called before the Sanhedrin, the ruling council of the Jews.  As the chief priests and elders threatened the apostles not to speak or teach in the name of Jesus anymore, the apostles boldly answered that they must serve God rather than men.

As the apostles returned to the group of disciples, they all prayed together as a groupl  They asked the Lord for boldness so that they could continue to glorify the Lord despite the threats of the Jewish rulers.

• Read Acts 4:23-31.

When trials and persecutions happened to these men for Jesus' sake, the first thing they did was pray!  They know they were not able to handle these situations in their own strength, but God was always faithful to strengthen them.  Their habit of going straight to prayer in adverse situations was one of the greatest assets the early church had.

We see some important elements of the Lord's model prayer here.  These men first acknowledged Who God was: the Creator of all things, the Holy  Spirit that speaks to men, the God that anounted Jesis Christ, and the  Author of the plan of salvation through Jesus' death for us.  We clearly see that these men's greatest desire was for God to be glorified, and for all men to see His glory .  They did not want their own fear to cause them to stop preaching the gospel.  They also knew that they were praying according to God's will, and trusted God to give them the power to do what He had callledthem to do.  And they prayed all of these things in the name of the Lord Jesus.

Point to Ponder:

Think about these reasons why the disciples' prayers were so effective: They prayed according to God's will, they prayed for His glory, they prayed believing, they prayed in Jesus name, and they prayed together in unity!