When Peter and John were among the people in the community, they came to a begging lame man and Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” Not only did this man walk, but thousands of people witnessed and came to the Lord in belief. Jesus was spreading through the community and people were being saved. Not happy, the rulers and elders commanded Peter and John to not speak or teach the name of Jesus. They were afraid of the immense growth among the people.
Father, no one can thwart the plan of your Son being made known and being known among your people. Jesus himself said to the Pharisees, “if the disciples keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” The purpose of your Son’s arrival was to be proclaimed to the people and received with open arms to his salvation. I do not want stones to have this privilege, we as your followers want to be apart of your amazing plan.
FRC is in a very obscure place hidden behind many businesses. It’s hard to find it. It’s hard to know that it is a church. However, Lord, our building is not your church – the people are. Make us bold as you did the disciples.
After the command to not share Jesus with others, the disciples prayed and we echo their prayer: enable us to speak your word with great boldness. Stretch out your hand to heal and do signs of your choosing that will bring people into relationship with you. Empower us with your Spirit as we are in the community. Make us attentive to those around us that are lame in spirit; who need to walk a new life with your son. Give us the words, the power, to be a city on a hill that cannot be hidden by the world’s distractions. Shake the very essence of who we are and replace our identity with your Spirit, so that each of us speaks your word with great audacious faith and courage.
In Jesus name,
Acts 3:1-10; Acts 4:13-22; 29-31; Luke 19:40