Welcome Home – 40 Day Fast Devotion #14

Purpose in Prayer

Matt Destry – Communications Pastor

Acts 4:24

Scripture

When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God.

Insight

Oftentimes, when we feel wrongly accused or mistreated, our first response is to defend ourselves and what we think ‘really happened’. After all, we know the truth and we heard God speak, so therefore people should have the right to hear our side of the story. Of course, there’s not always time or opportunity for it; we don’t get the chance at a fair trial, but still, our case stands.

Notice here in our passage that after being accused, taken into custody, and misunderstood, the disciples did none of these things. They simply gathered together and brought the situation to the Lord in prayer. This was not a quiet, coincidental encounter, but a purposeful, unified, roar of faith that declared God as King over their current situation.

It was purposeful, because they recognised that indeed while they were ‘in the right’, the ultimate judge and defender of their lives was a not a human court. It was God who sees all, and knows all. Their purpose was to gather and entreat the One who is the highest authority. It was unified, because they were together in their [light. They all felt in their hearts the sentence of accusation and the longing that people would turn to God. They were together in prayer. It was a roar of faith as they ‘raised their voices’ in passion, persistence and praise.

How d you respond when you feel judged or accused? Our impulse to defensive words and actions  will lead us into sin and not into faith. IT’s important that we respond with purposeful, passionate prayer when faced with attack. “It is mine to avenge, I will repay” says the Lord. He knows all, and is the only oOne who offers right judgement. We can approach His throne of grace with confidence, knowing that we will receive help in our time of need. So, let’s ru to him and not to our own defence.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, stir up a roar of faith within us. Release us from our own defence and our need to be right. Remind us of Your goodness and greatness as we come to You with the things that are beyond us. You are the One who is always right, always good, and always loving toward us. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray, Amen.