“Sovereign Lord, You spoke by the Holy Spirit through the mouth of Your servant David when he said ‘Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the Lord and against His Anointed One.’.”
It was true in David’s time that the Philistines and others came and attacked Your people who were led by the men You had anointed to rule them. When You came to Israel in the flesh, the High Priest and Sanhedrin plotted against You to have You killed. And today, many other religions are set against You and Your believers with plans of destruction. Even more, the culture I live in does not embrace a Biblical worldview, but is focused on material gain, social success, political intrigue and self-gratification.
The prayer of Your disciples is a great guide for me. First, they acknowledged that You were and are in control. “They did what Your power and will had decided beforehand should happen.” In David’s time, in Your time here on earth, and now in my life, You are in control. When things aren’t going well, I sometimes forget that. Thank You for the reminder that I don’t have to worry that something is going to slip by You unnoticed. You know all things. You do not sit wringing Your hands wondering what to do next. I can trust that not only is Your plan advancing, but Your plan is the best one for me. Your power and Your will have already determined beforehand, what is best.
Their prayer was to “enable Your servants to speak Your Word with great boldness.” What a courageous prayer! The disciples had just been told by the religious leaders NOT to speak of You, and they had the courage to say they would prefer to obey You, rather than obey man. Show me Lord, when I should speak. And as I open my mouth, fill it with Your words. And then close it when I am to remain silent.
“Stretch out Your hand to heal and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of Your Holy Servant Jesus.” I have spoken to several people in the last few days who have described dire circumstances for themselves and/or their children. What I see is that the stage is set for You to do a miracle! Let the people of my generation see that You are a miracle-working God. Let them see how much You care for them, and want to have a personal relationship with them. When things work out, let them see and acknowledge Your hand in their lives, and turn to You!
This was a powerful prayer for the disciples. I ask it would also be for me. Amen