The apostles led the church in this prayer after they were released by the Sanhedrin. They had been arrested because they had been preaching Jesus! The Sanhedrin ordered them to stop preaching and teaching in Jesus’ name. But Peter and John recognized, and stated, that they must listen to God rather than men, and they had to continue speaking about what they had seen and heard. The prayer that they prayed with the church reflects their concern to be able to speak boldly amidst the possibility of persecution. May we also pray for boldness as we think about sharing the word about Jesus today.
To use this prayer guide, meditate on the attributes and characteristics of God below, then pray through each of the 4 R’s, selecting one or more of the prompts and personalizing it from your own life. We begin with worship, which reframes our true needs and responses.
Attributes and Characteristics of God
- God is sovereign over all things (24)
- He created the heavens the earth and the sea and everything in them (24)
- He speaks by his Spirit (25)
- He prophesied about the opposition that would come against him in Jesus’ name (25-26)
- He anointed Jesus, which reveals his plan to redeem the world (27-28)
- He has power to grant our requests in prayer (29, 32)
- He can accompany answer to prayer with great power (30)
- He fills with his Spirit (31-32)
- Lord, thank you for being sovereign over my life during [some difficulty or discernment]
- Father, thank you for speaking through your word to guide my life when…
- Sovereign Lord, I praise you for your plan of redemption in Jesus because....
- Lord, I need to acknowledge your sovereignty over my life in… [a specific area]
- Father, enable me to speak boldly about Jesus in… [my workplace; my family]
- Sovereign Lord, assure me by your Spirit that I can trust you in… [some difficulty]
- God, please let [...] know your sovereignty as they face…
- Father, help me to understand your love for me through your plan of redemption during…
- Father, grant our requests about [some situation or person] so that…
- Sovereign Lord, help us always to be ready and enabled to speak about Jesus when…
- Lord God, shake us as a church so that we will…
- Father, strengthen us to be ready to face persecution so that...