When you face trials, what do you pray? Our requests speaks more about our relationship with the Lord than the event that prompted the prayer. After their release from prison, Peter and John went back to the community of faith and shared what had happened. Now, lean in and notice what they prayed – it speaks to their maturity! Acts 4:29 “And now, Lord, take note of their threats, and grant that Thy bond-servants may speak Thy word with all confidence, NASB
Notice they didn’t focus on how poorly they had been treated. They basically asked God to “take note” of it. Now the key to their prayer. What did they ask for? “Grant that… we may speak Your word with all confidence.” Their request reveals that they were more concerned about THEIR obedience than the disobedience of others. Their focus was on being faithful. They didn’t want to be intimidated. So, they asked God to take care of the bullies and grant them the confidence to speak His truth. Then they concluded with an affirmation of God’s great power that would bring Glory to Christ. It seems like we are so preoccupied with how we are being treated that we forget to focus on faithful obedience!!
If we are not careful, we will focus our prayer on what others are doing wrong instead of our boldness to do right. God responded by shaking the place! Maybe what needs shaken up is “us” instead of “them.”