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Jul 6/2015

Gate Community Summer - Day 15

Acts 4:23-31

The Believers Pray

23 On their release, Peter and John went back to their own people and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them. 24 When they heard this, 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. 25 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?

26 The kings of the earth rise up

    and the rulers band together

against the Lord

    and against his anointed one.’

27 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. 28 They did what your power and will had decided beforehand should happen. 29 Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. 30 Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”

31 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.

Our Response to Crisis

Vs. 23 – On their release… Peter and John went back to their own people and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them.

Where do you go when you are in crisis?

In this case Peter and John had just experienced a crisis… It had been a long couple of days for both Peter and John. They could have easily gone and found a place to sleep and unwind. Or maybe they could have just gone about their business and buried their experiences and feeling inside of them. But they didn’t do either of these things. They went straight to “their own people.” Who were “their own people?” They were their fellow Christ-followers who were also proclaiming Jesus, praying for the Kingdom to be spread, and experiencing tough responses from the religious leaders.

Where do you go when you are in crisis?

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