Acts 4:23–31 (ESV)
The Believers Pray for Boldness
23 When they were released, they went to their friends and reported what the chief priests and the elders had said to them. 24 And when they heard it, they lifted their voices together to God and said, “Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and
the earth and the sea and everything in them, 25 who through the mouth of our father David, your servant, said by the Holy Spirit,
“ ‘Why did the Gentiles
and the peoples plot in vain?
26 The kings of the earth set themselves,
and the rulers were gathered together,
against the Lord and against his Anointed’—
27 for truly in this city there were gathered together
against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, 28 to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place. 29 And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant
to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, 30 while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” 31 And when they had prayed, the place in which they were
gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.
When Peter and John were released, they went back to their friends and reported
how everyone... Jews, Gentiles... leaders like Herod and Pilate are all plotting against Jesus and the Christians. What do they do? They pray for the nonbelievers with boldness and they were filled with the Holy Spirit and “continued to speak
the word of God with boldness.” Verse 28 is interesting in that in talking about the persecutors, it states “to do whatever you hand and your plan had predestined to take place.” “Your hand” is God’s hand.
The predestined plan is God’s plan of salvation. Peter and John are stating that all this persecution was necessary to carry out God’s plan... now let’s pray for them to be convicted in the heart and converted by the Holy Spirit so
they can be saved. We should never pick and choose who we are to share the Gospel... who would have ever though that Paul would be converted. With man, it is impossible... but with God... all things are possible.
I pray: O Lord, I know I am to love my neighbors as myself, but you also say to love my enemies and to pray for them. Lord help me to be bold in my prayers and my proclamations. Help me to share my love for Jesus to all people, of
all nations, and I pray for the help of the Holy Spirit to convert the nonbelievers into believers so that they too can go to heaven. I pray for a revival through repentance and baptisms. Let your Word flow freely to all people. Amen.