January 31
‘Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.’ Matthew 18:19
Bible reading: Acts 4:23-31 (Go to the Bible passage)
Peter and John had been imprisoned and brought before the Sanhedrin, the Jewish court. They had been forbidden to teach in the name of Jesus anymore.
Just imagine what we would do if we would be forbidden by our government to talk with other people about Jesus. We would call a big meeting of all believers to protest, organize campaigns, a protest march perhaps!
When Peter and John had been released, they went to their own people and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them. But then they did not start discussing the matter: they raised their voices together in prayer to God. The world may have changed a lot, but we must realize that in the kingdom of God the same route needs to be taken as was needed nearly two thousand years ago: less talk, more prayer. ‘They raised their voices together in prayer to God’ (:24).
Where do we find such unanimity today? While we are often unanimous in criticizing and breaking down, little unanimity is to be found in raising our voices to God. And no wonder, for how could we unite our voices in prayer to God, if for the rest of the time we lead separate lives? If we would like to experience that God wonderfully answers our prayers, then we will have to be willing to live together in His light, so that God can restore true unanimity. It is no use to try to achieve this by our own means. For true harmony of believers is only to be found where we - each of us personally - bow down before our Lord. There we find true unanimity and only then He can answer our prayers.
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