Indeed Herod and Pontius Pilate met together with the Gentiles and the people of Israel in this city to conspire against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed. They did what your power and will had decided beforehand should happen. Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”

– Acts 4:27-30 (NIV)

Today’s commentary
by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org

Notice that God was in charge of the forces that conspired against Him. That is what gave the apostles the boldness to pray the way that they did, for they knew that there is no enemy greater than God. The first Christians did not want to avoid conflict; they wanted to be empowered to face it. This is a good attitude for us today, for God will release power upon those who are willing to ask for it in the face of opposition.

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