Today’s Key Scripture

“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

It is noteworthy to see that on the Day of Pentecost something occurred that is often overlooked. The 120 believers gathered in the Upper Room to pray earnestly that the promised power of the Holy Spirit would descend.

Earlier, when Jesus taught about prayer, He told us that to receive the Holy Spirit we must ask. He said, “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” (Luke 11:13).

Peter and John experienced the power of the Spirit as a result of prayer. They looked up to heaven and said, “Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus” (Acts 4:30).

The Bible records that after they prayed they were “all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness” (Acts 4:31).

Prayer opens the floodgates of heaven so that God’s presence and power will descend.


A Prayer for Today

Father, fill me with Your power. I pray that Your presence and power will descend as You open the floodgates of heaven. Help me to see everything through Your eyes. Thank You for replacing all my fears, insecurities, and challenges with Your love, forgiveness, righteousness, compassion, goodness, and glory. May I always be aware that You are my strength and power. I trust my life to You, Lord. In Jesus’ name, amen.


*All Scripture references are NKJV unless otherwise noted.