“And when they had prayed . . . .” These are the words found in Acts 4:31. Threatened by the authorities and charged not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus, the first followers of Jesus lifted their voices to our Sovereign Lord.
. . . “the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, . . . .” Perhaps it felt like the tremors of an earthquake. There was little doubt that God was powerfully present.
. . . “and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit . . . .” When God’s Spirit is at work, there is an abundance of “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” (Galatians 5:22).
. . . “and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.” The result was ultimately that “more than ever believers were added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women” (Acts 5:14). When the gospel is shared in power, God is often pleased to draw many to faith in Christ.
So, my ask is simple: will you join me in praying for our Sovereign God to grant spiritual power and anointing to our worship gatherings on Palm Sunday and Easter weekend?
As we pray together, perhaps Ephesians 3:20-21 might guide our petitions:
20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (ESV)
The NIV translation of these verses says that God is “able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine.”
So, join me in praying. Come expectantly. Invite a friend. I just have a sense that the best is yet to come.