23 When they were released, they went to their friends and reported what the chief priests and the elders had said to them. 24 And when they heard it, they lifted their voices together to God and said, “Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them, 25 who through the mouth of our father David, your servant, said by the Holy Spirit,
“‘Why did the Gentiles rage,
and the peoples plot in vain?
26 The kings of the earth set themselves,
and the rulers were gathered together,
against the Lord and against his Anointed’—
27 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, 28 to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place. 29 And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, 30 while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” 31 And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.
The believers pray for boldness.
And I am left in amazement: how often I forget to pray with other believers. Prayer is not something that should be left to leadership behind church doors. Believers pray for boldness. This is inclusive — all who believe in Christ pray.
Yes, prayer is work. Prayer takes time and effort. When praying with others, prayer requires unity of purpose and direction.
But look at the fruits of prayer…
31 And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.
Filled with the Holy Spirit, moved & unified, speaking with boldness. These are the fruits of prayer.
The question I must raise for myself is — how long have I been praying for something individually that needs corporate prayer? And, what have I not been praying for at all?
Lord, boldness — first to gather with others and pray. Second to the ends of the earth. Reveal to us the first step we need to take. Amen.