Quoting Scripture in Prayer 

New Testament: Acts 4.24–26

To read the Bible in a year, read Acts 4.23–37 on June 20, In the year of our Lord Christ 2022

By Don Ruhl 

After the Jewish Council threatened Peter and John, warning them not to preach in the name of Jesus anymore, they reported to the church what had happened. This is how the church responded: 

So when they heard that, they raised their voice to God with one accord and said: “Lord, You are God, who made heaven and earth and the sea, and all that is in them, who by the mouth of Your servant David have said:

‘Why did the nations rage,
And the people plot vain things?
The kings of the earth took their stand,
And the rulers were gathered together
Against the LORD and against His Christ’”

– Acts 4.24–26 

They responded with prayer, and the rest of the prayer that I did not quote, shows that they requested boldness from God, and he gave it. In their prayer, they said to God that they could see how he had fulfilled prophecy. 

Some people have said you should not quote Scripture to God because he already knows it. Evidently the first church in Jerusalem, operating under the guidance of the apostles, did not know that! 

Truly God wants to hear that we know his word and quoting it demonstrates that very thing. 

Questions: 

  • What passage did they quote? 
  • Have you ever prayed for boldness? 

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Don preaches with the Savage Street Church of Christ in Grants Pass, Oregon. Listen to his sermons here: GrantsPassChurchOfChrist.com

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