Acts 4:29-35, And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word, 30 By forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus. 31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness. 32 And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common. 33 And GREAT POWER gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and GREAT GRACE was upon them all. 34 Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold, 35 And laid them down at the apostles’ feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need.
One won’t get too far into the bookof Acts-often referred to as The Gospel of the Holy Spirit-before coming to the conclusion that there was something vastly different in their daily experience, both in life and ministry, and ours today. There was something different about the early New Testament church.
Not only did the early church know Jesus intimately, but they sought him diligently, loved him passionately, served him fervently, and preached him faithfully!
In addition to this, as you read the Book of Acts you will find that the early church was a praying people. Prayer wasn’t simply something they did, it was a life that they lived and because of this they were a people whose ministries reflected “GREAT POWER” and “GREAT GRACE.”
“GREAT POWER” + “GREAT GRACE” = “GREAT RESULTS”
Rather than make excuses, which we are all very good at, every once in a while we need to simply be honest with ourselves and with God, asking him to reveal the lack in our lives.
Rather than blaming our CIRCUMSTANCES, we might want to look at our CONDITION!
It is interesting that the apostles did not ask God to change their circumstances, but rather to empower them to be used in the midst of their trying circumstances. While sincere and fervent prayer doesn’t always change our circumstances, it absolutely always changes us.
The apostles didn’t pray for protection from the danger at hand, but rather for power and boldness to accomplish their task in spite of the danger at hand!
“Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men and women. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks.”
Just reflecting on the power of the early church!