Acts 4:26-31 (NIV)
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.
Ephesians 6:12 (NIV)
12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
- Refer to Acts 4:26-31:
- What do the disciples pray for?
- Have you ever prayed for God to be glorified in this way?
- Have you ever prayed for boldness?
- How would your life be different if you prayed to be “bold” for Jesus?
- Refer to Ephesians 6:12:
- Who is the enemy?
- Why are these people in positions of power “against” the Lord?
- Who is the real enemy behind the people?
- When we understand that our battles are not against other people but against spiritual powers, how does that change the way we love others?
- Can we desire God’s joy for people we find difficult to love?