"...So now, Master, look on their threats; and grant that we, your servants, may speak your word with all boldness, while you stretch out your hand for healing, so that signs and wonders may come about through the name of your holy child Jesus.' When they had prayed, the place where they were gathered was shaken. They were all filled with the holy spirit, and they boldly spoke the word of God." Acts 4:29-31
Peter and John had just been reprimanded by the religious rulers, and yet with so much public support, and such obvious miracles happening, they could not keep them silent or send them far away. They let them go, and they prayed the above prayer along with the other believers.
Being threatened by the powers of their time, they did not pray for their enemies' destruction. They didn't even pray for their own triumph/success. They simply prayed "God, look", and asked for the ability to speak God's word in boldness SO THAT healing can take place, however it is needed.
God responds to their prayer immediately. But it doesn't look like a Benny Hinn service. Heck, it doesn't even have the cars outside that a Joel Osteen service might have. "they boldly spoke the word of God." THAT was miraculous and healing enough to BE God's response. The fact that the resurrection had taken place, and in Christ - God had begun His final work of bringing Heaven and Earth together in a New Creation. We serve a Lord who is resurrected ahead of all things, and through whom all things may begin to be healed/made new.
I'll confess. Throughout my ministry I've had moments/dreams/daydreams of boldly proclaiming miraculous things, and the Holy Spirit using me/blessing ministries in ways that would "WOW" humanity. But I think here we find a prayer to focus on, that echoes God's heart for healing a bit better. May we each be empowered by the Holy Spirit to speak God's word to a world that needs to have it spoken/proclaimed.
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