We can learn much from the prayers of the early church when they were threatened by the authorities of their day. How do you pray when your back is against the wall?
Acts 4:24 “So when they heard that, they raised their voice to God with one accord and said: “Lord, You are God, who made heaven and earth and the sea, and all that is in them, 25 “who by the mouth of Your servant David have said: ‘Why did the nations rage, And the people plot vain things? 26 The kings of the earth took their stand, And the rulers were gathered together Against the LORD and against His Christ.’ 27 “For truly against Your holy Servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, were gathered together 28 “to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose determined before to be done. 29 “Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, 30 “by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.”
Acts 4:24-30, NKJV.
6 key characteristics of their prayer we should imitate
- They prayed in unity with their fellow believers (V:24a)
- They prayed in the light of scripture (V:24-26)
- They prayed with understanding of God’s sovereignty. (V:24b & 28)
- They prayed for power rather than just protection (V:29)
- They prayed in faith for miracles (V:30)
- They got great results (V:31)
“And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.” Acts 4:31, NKJV.
Lord teach us to pray like that!