So they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name. And daily in the temple, and in every house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.
In the face of great persecution those who proclaimed Christ as their Savior somehow bonded together with great love and passion.
They prayed earnestly for the disciples and apostles. As a result these men were endowed with a fervor that came from heaven itself: “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13).
Likewise, the apostle Paul asked believers to be strong in the power of God’s might:
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly , to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly , as I ought to speak. (Ephesians 6:18-20, KJV).
The apostle was pleading, “Agree together in prayer that I may speak God’s Word with conviction and power.” Moreover, Paul and the other leaders were willing to put their lives on the line for the cause of Jesus Christ.
Agreement gives boldness for ministry!
A Prayer for Today:
Precious Father, too often I see the consequences of disruption and division all around me. I come to You with a broken heart to ask that You bring harmony and peace to the body of Christ. I pray wisdom. I pray patience as we work together for Your kingdom
Beginning with me, teach us to stand firmly upon Your promises. Help us to endure in one accord so we can reap the harvests that You already have planned for us. I rejoice in Your holiness and provision. Thank you, Father, for Your divine intervention in every area of life. I pray this in Your Name, Amen.