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347. Pray For Boldness to Stand Against Your Fear

Posted by John Smith on August 18, 2017

Acts 4:29-31 NKJV  Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word,  (30)  by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.”  (31)  And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.

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Peter and John had gone to the temple to pray where they encountered a man unable to walk from his birth sitting by the temple gate called Beautiful asking alms of all those that entered.  Instead of giving him money, which they did not have, the Lord used them to heal this man.  This made quite a scene as people as people who knew this man saw the miracle and began to rejoice and praise God along with him.  Then Peter and John took full advantage of the situation and preached Christ to the multitude letting them know it was Jesus, the risen savior, who healed this man and 5,000 people believed in Christ that day.

 

The priests and Sadducees were greatly angered and had them thrown in jail for telling people that Jesus was alive and how believing in Him brought salvation.  The next day they were brought up on charges, questioned, and threatened.  However, the priests could not deny that a miracle had truly been done so they couldn’t punish Peter & John, so they continued to threaten them and then finally let them go.

Peter and John went to some of their faithful friends and reported all that happened and then they began to pray.  Notably they prayed for boldness.  Reading Acts 3 & 4 one would think that they wouldn’t need any more boldness, but they needed boldness because the threats had sown some timidity and fear in their hearts.  You don’t need boldness unless there is some timidity to overcome.

Acts 4:31 tells us that they received a refreshing encounter with the Holy Spirit and spoke the Word of God with BOLDNESS.  They received the boldness they prayed for.  Let’s look at a few elements that bolstered their faith and destroyed any timidity the threats produced.

  1. They were not alone. When they were threatened and needed encouraged they went to their friends.
  2. They were open and honest with their trusted confidants. You need people you can be real with about situations in life. NOTE: Their friends encouraged them.  Don’t go to people that encourage your fears, go to people that speak life into you.
  3. They prayed for the solution and not against the problem. They didn’t pray that the mean and overbearing religious leaders would leave them alone… NOPE they didn’t pray against the problem.  But they prayed for the solution of BOLDNESS to proclaim the truth regardless of the threats.

Peter, John and some of the other disciples that saw what happened to them experienced some timidity and fear after the threats they received.  But they came together, encouraged one another, prayed for one another and left with BOLDNESS that destroyed their fears.  Who do you have that is praying for you about the fears in your life?

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322. Fear Not Your Prayer is Heard

Posted by John Smith on February 17, 2017

9305740605_8e6b23968c_zLuke 1:11-13 NKJV  Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing on the right side of the altar of incense.  (12)  And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him.  (13)  But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your prayer is heard; and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John.

Zacharias has gone into the temple of the Lord to perform his priestly duties and suddenly an angel appears right next to the altar he was preparing.  Certainly this would be a startling situation and many would become afraid having never seen an angel before, afraid of what he was going to say, or afraid of any number of other things one might begin to think when and angel from the Lord just shows up in front of you in the middle of your work day.  But I want to focus on what happens next.  The angel tells Zacharias, “Fear Not… for your prayer is heard… (KJV)”

What a powerful reason to not be afraid and another wonderful reason to pray.  The angel told him not to fear, because God had heard his prayer.  WOW!

God always hears you when you pray.  The 65th Psalm verse 2 addresses God as, “O You who hear prayer…” the word for hear used here means attentive listening and understanding.  The Lord is always attentively listening to our prayers and even when our prayers make little sense to us… He understands them.

Our loving and incredibly gracious Father is attentively listening to our prayer.  He always hears you when you pray.  Therefore we never have to fear.

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Fear Not! God Hears AND Answers

Posted by John Smith on January 28, 2011

Gen 21:17 NKJV  And God heard the voice of the lad. Then the angel of God
called to Hagar out of heaven, and said to her, “What ails you, Hagar?
Fear not, for God has heard the voice of the lad where he is.

The Scripture is full of references of people calling out to God and Him hearing them.  In the 28th Psalm David cried out to God lifting his hands to heaven, the 6th verse records that David knew God heard his prayer, was strengthened by that fact, and began to rejoice and praise God.  The 55th Psalm records, “Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud, And He shall hear my voice.”   These are just two of the many Old Testament references of calling out to God and Him hearing our prayer.  Still, in the New Testament it gets even better.

 1 John 5:14-15 NKJV  Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will,
He hears us.  (15)  And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask,
we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.

 John 15:7 NKJV  If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you,
you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.

1 John 5:14-15 tells us we can have confidence (assurance, trust) in God, that whenever we pray in agreement with His will that He hears us.  And that if we are praying His will, that He will certainly accomplish and do it.  His will is His Word.  The Bible is full of God’s will for us.  Each of these can be received as a Word from God concerning our lives.  In John 15:7, Jesus said that if we are in Him (this happened at salvation) and His WORDS abide in us, then when we ask about our desires they shall be done (that means He heard you).

We serve a wonderful God that hears the prayers and cries of His people.  A Heavenly Father, that only desires good things (joy, peace, health, financial freedom, etc…) for us.  He took the time to give us book of His will for us.  By spending time in His Word, we begin to discover the amazing wealth that lies within those precious pages.  God’s Word continues to transform our hearts and builds confidence within us of God’s faithfulness and good intentions for us.  So, FEAR NOT.  Open your Bible, His Word to you, and discover all the precious gifts and promises that God has given and longs to produce in your life.  Just like God heard Ishmael crying out to Him in the desert, God will hear you.  Call out to God, based on the Word He has spoken and not only will He hear you, but He will answer.  So, FEAR NOT.

John 16:23-24 NKJV  “And in that day you will ask Me nothing.  Most assuredly, I say to you,
whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you.  (24)  Until now you have asked nothing in My name.
Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.

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