After they were released, they went to their friends and reported what the chief priests and the elders had said to them. 24When they heard it, they raised their voices together to God and said, ‘Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth, the sea, and everything in them, 25it is you who said by the Holy Spirit through our ancestor David, your servant:What do you pray when your world is upside down?
“Why did the Gentiles rage,
and the peoples imagine vain things?
26 The kings of the earth took their stand,
and the rulers have gathered together
against the Lord and against his Messiah.”
27For in this city, in fact, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, 28to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place. 29And now, Lord, look at their threats, and grant to your servants to speak your word with all boldness, 30while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.’ 31When they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God with boldness. Acts 4:23-31
What do you pray when you have been dragged before the authorities?
What do you pray when your truth conflicts with their truth?
Peter and John were arrested by the temple authorities
brought in for questioning, because they continued to preach and follow Jesus
they don't back down
they were bold
What do you pray?
Peter, John and the Believers
pray to speak you word with boldness
pray to the one who made everything
pray that when the threats come
that they will speak your word with boldness
stretch out your hand to heal
bring your signs and wonders
What do we pray when our world is upside down?
What do we pray when it feels like were threatened?
What do we pray when it feels like everything is falling apart?
environmental regulations rolled back
ice raids and deportation
rolling back changes to drug sentencing laws
tax cuts in the disguise of healthcare reform
What do we pray in these moments?
we pray to speak your word with boldness
we pray for your healing presence and touch
we pray for signs and wonder