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BOLD PRAYERS

Boldness is behavior born out of belief.


  • WHAT YOU PRAY FOR REFLECTS WHAT YOU BELIEVE ABOUT GOD.


~ Pray small prayers—lack of faith in a big God.

~ Pray selfish prayers—believe God exists for you!

~ Rarely pray—don’t really believe God answers prayers!

~ All we can do now is pray- Last resort

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23 On their release, Peter and John went back to their own people and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said to them. 24 When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God. Acts 4:23-24a


Something about praying together… Two or three gather

Prayer men lay hands signify power, women circle for love


"Sovereign Lord," they said, "you made the heaven and the earth and the sea, and everything in them. 25 You spoke by the Holy Spirit…27 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. 28 They did what your power and will had decided beforehand should happen. Acts 4:24b-25a, 27-28


PRAY FOR BOLDNESS

Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. Acts 4:29


Odd…already bold. Peter preached—3000 saved, Sanhedrin

Isn’t boldness what caused the problem? Got you thrown in jail.


Lighten up on Jesus thing. Lay low. Football season.


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Have you ever prayed for boldness? Most people never have.

Why? Never thought of it. Scary. Other centered.


Most of our prayers are self-centered.

Good presentation, Make an “A”, Get job, Pimple to go away

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PRAY FOR MIRACLES

30 Stretch out your hand to heal and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus." Acts 4:30


Let’s be honest… most prayers we pray are little prayers!

Be with us! Thank you for this day! Keep us safe!


Don’t stop praying for small things… Pray BIG!

When I answer it people know I did it

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What does a sign do? Points to the real thing!


Why don’t people pray for miracles? Some don’t believe.


Others don’t want to be disappointed. Make God look bad!

If it’s your will—give God an escape clause.

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Never hesitate!  

My faith in God is big enough to handle a “no” or “not yet.”



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 4:31