A Word of Exhortation
On their release, Peter and John went back to their own people and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them. When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God.“Sovereign Lord,” they said, “you made the heavens and the earth and the sea, and everything in them. You spoke by the Holy Spirit through the mouth of your servant, our father David:
“‘Why do the nations rage
and the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth rise up
and the rulers band together
against the Lord
and against his anointed one.’
Indeed Herod and Pontius Pilate met together with the Gentiles and the people of Israel in this city to conspire against your holy servant Jesus,whom you anointed. They did what your power and will had decided beforehand should happen. Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”
After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.
- Acts 4:23-31
"I believe this is what the Lord is saying to His Church today.....'Even today as the nations of the earth rage and the peoples plot in vain against the Lord and against His ways,against everything that is good and godly, against everything that is righteous and Holy; where good is being called evil and evil-good; The Lord is granting His servants boldness and courage to proclaim His truth that sets men free, and by the power of the Holy Spirit He is removing the scales which are blinding the eyes of the people... Therefore Children of God,step out by faith in the name of the Lord and by the power anointing of His Holy Spirit and share the gospel message with those in your world,for it is the truth that this lost and desperate world needs-and the Lord your God Himself will be with you to strengthen and help you. Amen."