God’s Word: Acts 4:23-37
God’s Message to me: (My interpretation of what God is saying in these verses)
Those persecuted for My sake become My ambassadors to their persecutors. Remember, I am not willing that any should perish. As Jesus prayed for His persecutors I am calling you to pray also—“Father forgive them, they don’t realize what they are doing.” Instead of fighting back—pray for them. Whether or not praying changes your persecutors–it will change your attitude toward then. Then you are in the position to be My faithful ambassador.
In this passage Peter and John report to the “church” the warning they were given to not preach in Jesus’ name. Hearing the report, all the people lifted their voices in a wonderful harmony of prayer. “Strong God, you made heaven and earth and sea and everything in them. . . . Take care of these threats and give your servants fearless confidence in preaching Your Message.” You see they did not call for my wrath to be in their persecutors—they prayed for My presence as they stepped out in faith—one heart and one mind.
In their unity of heart and mind they were completely open-handed with each another. No one laid claim to their own possessions but freely shared everything as others had unfulfilled needs. This complete unity was a powerful testimony to those around them that they were serious about spreading the good news of Jesus. As they shared grace with others My grace was mighty among them. This was no cowering group of people—fearful of losing their lives. The persecution had brought out a passion and perseverance they didn’t know was possible. Therefore, do not cower before persecution but let it serve as a catalyst to draw you closer to each other and to Me. My power will prevail!
God’s Question: Will you pray for your persecutors?
God’s Promise: Persecution releases My power in you.
My Prayer to God:
I Praise You for Jesus example of praying for His persecutors.
I am Sorry I too often pout when I should pray.
Thank You for Your power that comes through prayer.
Please Help Me to be Your faithful ambassador of prayer.