As soon as they were freed, Peter and John returned to the other believers and told them what the leading priests and elders had said. When they heard the report, all the believers lifted their voices together in prayer to God: “O Sovereign Lord, Creator of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them— you spoke long ago by the Holy Spirit through our ancestor David, your servant, saying, ‘Why were the nations so angry? Why did they waste their time with futile plans?’ And now, O Lord, hear their threats, and give us, your servants, great boldness in preaching your word. Stretch out your hand with healing power; may miraculous signs and wonders be done through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” After this prayer, the meeting place shook, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. Then they preached the word of God with boldness. // Acts 4:23-25, 29-31
They received the boldness they needed, through the Holy Spirit, because they ran to the right friends. Verse 31 says, “They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak God’s Word with fearless confidence.” If they hadn’t run to these friends, they wouldn’t have received what God wanted to give them, even though it was always available. I think, how many times have I missed what God what is available to me now because I’ve ran to the wrong crowd in my trial?
I love that Jesus wants us to lean on the faith of our friends. It gives purpose to my faith because it’s not just for me, but for those around me to be encouraged!
Yes exactly! Prayer works. Wisdom works. It also encourages me to be "that" leader and friend — the one that is not afraid to call friends to a position of faith!