When they were released, they went to their
friends and reported what the chief priests and
the elders had said to them. And when they
heard it, they li7ed their voices together to God
and said, “Sovereign Lord, who made the
heaven and the earth and the sea and
everything in them, who through the mouth of
our father David, your servant, said by the Holy
“‘Why did the GenCles rage,
and the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth set themselves,
and the rulers were gathered together,
against the Lord and against his Anointed’—
for truly in this city there were gathered together
against your holy servant Jesus, whom you
anointed, both Herod and PonCus Pilate, along with
the GenCles and the peoples of Israel, to do
whatever your hand and your plan had predesCned
to take place.
And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant
to your servants to conCnue to speak your word
with all boldness, while you stretch out your
hand to heal, and signs and wonders are
performed through the name of your holy
servant Jesus.” And when they had prayed, the
place in which they were gathered together was
shaken, and they were all ﬁlled with the Holy
Spirit and conCnued to speak the word of God
Acts 4:23-‐31 (ESV)
How to Pray When Trouble Comes:
• “Li7ed their voices together to God…”
• “Sovereign Lord…”
• Creator of “…the heaven and the earth and
the sea and EVERYTHING in them,”
1. If we’re in trouble, go to GOD
2. If you’re in need, call out to God who
CREATED all things and RULES over all things.
Gathered together in anger but all they
accomplished was exactly what God purposed!
Flow of their prayer:
• David’s mouth (Ps. 2:1-‐2)
• God’s hand & purpose in the tough stuﬀ
• Church’s mouth: BOLDNESS
• God’s hand to heal
• Name of Jesus performs signs & wonders
2 Words That Go Together:
• Salt & Pepper
• Red & Neck
• Rock & Roll, AND
• SHAKEN & FILLED!
Book of Acts:
• He SHAKES the place they’re meeCng,
• And, He FILLS the people who are SHAKEN!
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