“”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.”
After Peter and John had been released by the council, they went back to the believers and shared their experience. It must have been such a joyous occasion to have been released but at the same time a reality check. The persecution was heating up and the believers knew that they could not fulfill Jesus’ commission, to preach the gospel to all nations, without the help of the Holy Spirit.
Interestingly the council, when they convened together to discuss Peter and John’s punishment, had to admit that a miracle had taken place. Verse 16 of chapter 4 tells us that as they discussed with one another what they should do with Peter and John, they came to the conclusion that they had witnessed a miracle, “we can’t deny they have preformed a miraculous sign…”. It is this reason that when the believers gathered together to pray, they prayed that the preaching of the word of God would be heard and accompanied by miraculous signs, healing and wonders.
After the believers had finished praying the room they were meeting in shook and they were again filled with the Holy Spirit which enabled them to preach with boldness.
As believers today we can learn a lot about how to share our faith with others by the story found here in the book of acts. The most important fact is the unity of believers in prayer and secondly the infilling of the Holy Spirit. We must pray that God fills our lives daily with His Spirit to lead us, guide us and to give us boldness to preach His word. Let us pray that we would have the confidence, through the powerful name of Jesus and through the boldness of the Holy Spirit to lay hands on the sick, see the dead raised again and most importantly see souls won for Christ.