(NOT SO SECRET WEAPON)

 

ACTS 4:23-37

THE MODEL CHURCH LESSON #9

 

       What are some of the secret, or not so secret, weapons that men use on women to get their way.

       What are some of the secret, or not so secret weapons that men use on men to get their way?

       How is prayer a not so secret weapon?

       Should I use prayer to get my way?

       What have you seen God do in answer to prayer?

 

We return to our study of the Model Church we find them having a prayer meeting. This meeting had a quite an impact, and it is a reminder to us about the importance of prayer. Prayer is our not so secret weapon.

 

We need to understand a little of the background of this passage.

 

Acts 3:1-11 - Peter and John healed a man who was lame from birth.

 

Acts 3:12-26 - Peter gave a Spirit empowered-message. Many were saved as a result.

 

Acts 4:1-12 - Peter and John were arrested by the leadership. And they had another opportunity to witness for Christ.

 

Acts 4:13-22 - They had no reason to throw these men in jail. They decided to release them with threats. And we saw last time that Peter and John were under pressure because of their testimony for God.

 

Vs. 23 - When they were released they gathered themselves together with other believers. I imagine that they had already gathered to pray for Peter and John once word got out that they were taken into custody.

 

RECOGNITION OF THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD - Vss. 24-28

 

Vs. 24 - Notice what was done. They lifted up their voice to God with one accord. They were in total harmony and agreement. Obviously people prayed one at a time, but the people were in total agreement with the prayer that was uttered. They were a prayer team.

 

       Every thing is under God's sovereign control. He is Lord. Name some of the specific things that are under His control.

 

Because everything is under control we can endure any trial, and problem, and puzzling situation because we know that God is in total control. And we can come to Him in prayer because we know that He is in total control.

 

Vs. 25-26 - They also recognize the Lord as the God of Scriptures. They see what was done to Him as a fulfillment of Psalm 2:1-2.

 

They realize that what had happened to Jesus was part of God's sovereign plan for the redemption of the world.

 

Vss. 27-28 - What Herod, Pontius Pilate, the Gentiles and the people of Israel did was part of God's sovereign plan. Isaiah 53:1-6

 

 

REQUEST FOR SUPPLY FROM GOD - Vss. 29-30

 

Vs. 29 - The apostles ask the Lord to look at the threatenings, to take note of them.

 

Boldness is asked for to speak the Word of God.

They were in one accord asking for boldness.

Not just the apostles, but everyone gathered was asking for boldness.

 

The most important job in this church is preaching and teaching the Word of God.

 

Matthew 28:19-20

1 Timothy 4:12-13

2 Timothy 4:2

1 Corinthians 1:18

1 Corinthians 1:21

The early church asked for boldness.

 

We do not ask enough for boldness.

We do not ask in unison for boldness.

We should ask for boldness for the Pastor or whoever is speaking.

We should ask for boldness for the youth leaders, Good News Club teachers, Sunday School Teachers, and Small Blessings Teachers.

We should ask for boldness for ourselves, that when we are in witnessing situations or sharing with other Christians that we will have boldness.

 

Vs. 30 - Here's an interesting thing. A healing had gotten them in trouble and they were asking them for more healing.

 

We pray a lot for physical healing.

I think we need to pray for spiritual healing.

The healing of relationships with others

The healing of peoples' walk with God

The healing that comes from knowing Christ as Savior

 

I believe that we should also ask for signs and wonders.

I don't think we should ask for the same kind of signs and wonders found in the church in Acts.

But I do think we should ask for,

What we need signs and wonders of God's Holy Spirit moving, empowering and convicting in our midst.

I feel that there should be evidence in just about every service that God is at work.

We just don't ask God to do anything much, and so he doesn't. Mark 11:22-24

 

RECEPTION OF STRENGTH FROM GOD - Vss. 31

 

Vs. 31 - The place was shaken. And we need the Lord to shake this place up, and to shake me up too.

They were all filled with the Holy Ghost. There were two kinds of strength received.

 

And the Word of God was spoken with boldness.

Notice there was great power on the speaking of the Apostles. 1 Corinthians 2:1-5

 

God gave them what they asked.

So let's do some asking.

Let's ask for boldness.

Let's ask for changes in people's lives.

Let's ask for souls.

Let's ask for something to happen.

 

 

 

 

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