Bible Study Lessons: Acts 4:23-31
Just as Peter and John were bold in their words, the people made a bold prayer (below) which confirmed their belief in Jesus.
The Bible study lesson about the prayer of believers in Acts teaches a guidebook to prayer with three points we can use.
The Bold Believer’s Prayer
When they had been released, they went to their own companions and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them.
And when they heard this, they lifted their voices to God with one accord and said, “O Lord, it is You who made the heaven and the earth and the sea, and all that is in them, who by the Holy Spirit, through the mouth of our father David Your servant, said,
‘Why did the Gentiles rage,
And the peoples devise futile things?
‘The kings of the earth took their stand,
And the rulers were gathered together
Against the Lord and against His Christ.’
For truly in this city there were gathered together against Your holy servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose predestined to occur.
And now, Lord, take note of their threats, and grant that Your bond-servants may speak Your word with all confidence, while You extend Your hand to heal, and signs and wonders take place through the name of Your holy servant Jesus.” – Acts 4:23-30 NASB
This is a time when preaching Jesus’ message was very risky. The religious leaders of the day had not long ago called for the death of Christ and they were intimidated by the now “Risen Christ” message.
The people prayed to God during this time of uncertainty. But, it’s how they prayed that I want to discuss in this lesson.
Guidebook for Prayer
In Matthew, we looked at the Lord’s Prayer and decided it is a wonderful guide to go by when we pray. It still is!
I’m not going to discount the praying Jesus taught to the disciples; it is recited in churches all over the world, with good reason.
But, I do want to focus on the three steps these new Christians used in their prayer which made it a little different.
Prayer of Courage
The prayer in these verses reflect bravery from the people who truly believe in Christ.
Here are the 3 steps they took to a prayer of courage:
1. They gave praise to God for the earth, the sea and everything they had.
2. They stated their problem.
3. Instead of asking God to remove the problem, they asked Him to help them deal with the situation they were in.
Are Our Prayers Selfish?
When I pray, I normally ask for God to take away the circumstance I’m in, do you?
I’m guessing your answer is yes in at least some cases.
If so, is this a selfish way to pray?
God works on His own time. He knows the future; we don’t. And, He is seldom in a hurry.
So, it might be better to pray for strength and guidance to get us through rather than asking God for removal.
Love in Christ
If you would like to discover more about the love and life-changing experience of Jesus Christ, please take a moment to see John 3:16.
Read Today’s Verses Here:
New American Standard Bible
New King James Version