The original title of this sermon is: Boldness In The Church
vs. 23 Peter and John have been released by the Temple Mafia. After spending the night in jail and standing through a court hearing, no fault was found that the court could punish. The Temple mafia threatened the disciples to never again preach in the name of Jesus. The disciples intended to defy that threat. Peter and John were released and allowed to go home.
vs. 24 The church prayed. They pray Psalm 2:1-2. The fact that they begin the prayer calling God Sovereign Lord means they understand to whom it is they pray. Nothing takes God by surprise. God is always in control even when we do not understand everything that is going on around us.
vs. 25-26 This is what has happened and we do not understand why this has happened but we do know that you Lord are Sovereign.
vs. 27-28 God places leaders in power to do what he has predestined to take place.
vs. 29-31 In the midst of danger – the church prayed for boldness. In the midst of fear – the church prayed for boldness. In the midst of opposition – the church prayed for boldness. In the midst of persecution – the church prayed for boldness. Knowing they could die – the church prayed for boldness.
The church did not pray for God to change their situation. The church did not pray for God to alter their circumstances. The church did not pray for God to change the hearts of the Temple mafia. The church prayed for boldness.