Acts + Letters Lesson 3 Day 5

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Acts 4:23-37

Questions

The multitude of those who believed were of one heart and soul. (Acts 4:27a WEB)

12. The prayer — Acts 4:24-30

They acknowledge Lord Yahweh.

As one voice, they prayed aloud.

When Peter and John rejoined the other believers and shared their report, they glorified God as one voice.

The word “voice” is singular in the Greek although some translations use the plural word “voices.” If they could speak in other tongues, they could by the Spirit pray the same words in unison. I’ve read accounts of groups singing a song by the Spirit in unison.

Some commentators suppose one person prayed or perhaps several took turns praying aloud while the others were in agreement.

One accord — one mind — one heart

They did not contradict each other. There was no arrogance, no interruptions, no disorder.

O Lord, you are God

“O Lord, you are God, who made the heaven, the earth, the sea, and all that is in them;” (Acts 4:24b WEB)

This word Lord is not the usual word for Lord in the New Testament; it is the Greek word despotes. It was a word used of a slave owner or ruler who has power that cannot be questioned. They prayed with power and confidence because they knew God was in control.

When we pray, we often forget just who it is we pray to; or worse yet, we pray to an imaginary God of our own ideas. The disciples had power in prayer because they knew who they prayed to. (Guzik)

They pray from Scripture — God’s own words spoken through David in Psalm 2

During the forty days after His ascension, Jesus opened the Scriptures to his disciples. (Luke 24:44-46) They understood that Moses, the prophets, and the Psalms spoke of the circumstances they faced. They prayed God’s words and promises which carry divine authority.

Personal application

Pray aloud with my husband and others.

…if two of you will agree on earth concerning anything that they will ask, it will be done for them by my Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 18:19 WEB)

Acknowledge God’s power and recognize He has a plan for any of the circumstances I’m concerned about.

Ask the Holy Spirit to bring to my remembrance promises and other words in scripture that pertain to the situation at hand.

13. a. Holy Spirit infilling brings transformation.

Boldness

Great power (mega power) to give witness to Jesus’ resurrection

Favor and great grace (mega grace) (Hughes quoted in Enduring Word)

Generosity — lack of materialism

Unity

Zeal for God

Loving commitment to other believers

b. Personal changes

Greater zeal

Willingness to put aside my interests to seek and obey God

Less interest in earthly things

Hunger for Bible study and writing

Love of worship


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