Persistent Prayer—Bedrock of Ministry

Perseverance is a steely resolve to keep going because God is with us and we know it. We don’t give up. We battle the problems. We move on in God’s strength.

But consider how much God’s work relies on prayer. And what is worth praying for, if not to also pray with a passion? Let’s take a look at one such account in Acts chapter 4.

Peter and John have been preaching the gospel. The Holy Spirit is definitely working because about 5,000 souls had received Christ. But the leaders of the law felt threatened and threw Peter and John in jail. It appeared their ministry was ending. Then they’re released and told to stop professing the name of Christ—which they insist they cannot do.

After returning to their friends to give a report, continued prayer and praise comes forth.

Instead of just praying for all of Peter’s and John’s problems to cease, they pray for more boldness for the pair.  In the process, they are also filled with the Holy Spirit and they speak boldly about the divine message of Christ’s power to save souls.

Truly, persistent prayer is the bedrock of all ministry.

“'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.' After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly" (Acts 4:28-31 NIV).

 

Sheila Gosney is a freelance writer whose passion is inspiring believers to serve the Lord with all their hearts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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