Answered Prayer

As soon as Peter and John were set free, they returned to their friends and told them what the chief priests & the elders had said (236).

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 When the believers heard this report, they all joined in prayer to God: “You are the master and creator of heaven, earth & sea and all that is in them!

“By the power of the Holy Spirit you spoke to us through our ancestor, your servant David, when he said: ‘Why were the nations furious?  Why did people indulge in their pointless plots? The kings of the earth prepared themselves; the rulers met together against God & his Messiah.’

“Now we have seen Herod & Pontius Pilate meet together with both Jews & Gentiles (237) — against Jesus & against you.  But we know that you allowed this to happen, according to your perfect plan for us.

“Please, God, despite the threats of these rulers, empower us to speak your message boldly!

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“Reach out your hand to heal, and grant that wonders & miracles may be done through the name of your son, Jesus.”

As they finished praying, the place where they were meeting was shaken, as in an earthquake!  They were all filled with the Holy Spirit & empowered to proclaim God’s message boldly, which they continued to do.

In particular, the 12 witnesses proclaimed the resurrection of Jesus with great power, and God poured rich blessings on them all.

 

(236) Acts 4:23-31

(237) It has long been common in some religious circles to refer to non-Jewish people simply as Gentiles.

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