Prayer for BoldnessPosted: June 22, 2015
We have been raising money this month for mission work around the world. Our region of the LA Church has a goal of contributing $450,000 to support congregations in Mexico/Central America and the Middle East. We are a family of churches around the world who are doing our best to follow Jesus’ plan to change the world, by simply making disciples. Currently we are in over 155 nations, 640 churches or so. Most of our churches are small, yet mighty in conviction and dependent on the Holy Spirit. God loves to work through a small group of people passionate for his cause. I love the spirit of the disciples in the book of Acts, when facing opposition, persecution, the threat of death they responded in a faithful prayer, referencing back to David’s prayer a thousand years earlier:
…They raised their voices together in prayer to God. “Sovereign Lord,” they said, “you made the heavens and the earth and the sea, and everything in them. You spoke by the Holy Spirit through the mouth of your servant, our father David: ‘Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the Lord and against his anointed one…’ Indeed Herod and Pontius Pilate met together with the Gentiles and the people of Israel in this city to conspire against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed. They did what your power and will had decided beforehand should happen. Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness...” – Acts 4:24-30
Indeed, even today the kingdom of God faces fierce opposition from demonic forces and those in positions of wealth and power. See this recent article about one of our congregations, the Burundi church, asking for prayer on their behalf for the challenges they face. May we share the heart of the first-century brothers and sisters who walked in step with the Holy Spirit. May we call on God in prayer, and may we continue to speak boldly despite challenges and opposition.
Today I am sharing a song that is based on this passage of scripture, wonderfully put to words by Steve Johnson and music by Sherwin Mackintosh, from their musical UpsideDown. This recording is from our Special Missions Sunday a couple weeks ago. (It’s taken from our sound board so unfortunately you can’t hear the congregation singing, just the worship team; but you can hear the way we lead the church through it, particularly the bridge section.) I encourage you to sing this great song in your congregation and call on God to fill us with boldness today as in scripture. And may we see this same result in our congregations: After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.(Acts 4:31).
Prayer for Boldness – recording from worship service