Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus. Acts 4:13 (ESV)
In Your Presence
Do you want to be a bold and courageous witness for me? Do you want me to use you to do extraordinary ministry to others? Do you want to bear an abundance of fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name? Yes, I want to be a bold and courageous witness for you. Yes, I want you to use me to do extraordinary ministry to others. Yes, I want to bear an abundance of fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. These are all prayers and desires of my heart. Do you believe that I have both given and will grant these desires and prayers of your heart? Yes, I do believe that you have given and will grant these desires and prayers of my heart. You are right to believe that I will hear and answer these prayers and desires of your heart.
Under what conditions do you think I will grant these prayers and desires of your heart? I’m not sure what you mean. What will be required of you for me to be able to grant these prayers and desires of your heart? You expect me to be able to answer that question? Yes, I do. Would you like some help? Yes, I need all the help that you will give to me. I will ask you some more questions. That will help me? Yes, it will. Have you always been a bold and courageous witness for me? No, I have at many times been a weak and feeble witness for you. Have you regularly been extraordinarily used by me to minister to others? No, I have seldom been extraordinarily used by you to minister to others. Have you born an abundance of fruit for my kingdom and brought glory to my name? I have born some fruit and brought some glory to your name. I can see that my questions are a little discouraging to you. Yes, I would like to answer your questions more positively. I would like to be bold, courageous and more fruitful for you. I would like to bring glory to your name. Yes, I can see that. What has been the problem? Why haven’t you been more bold and courageous and fruitful for me? I have been relying on my own power and strength. I have not been relying on you to make me bold, courageous and fruitful. What would your life look like if you were to rely on me to make you bold, courageous and fruitful? I would come to you. I would spend time with you. I would remain in your presence. I would allow you to teach me. I would allow you to empower me to do the ministry that you have given me to do for you. Yes, you would. Is that what you will now do? Yes Lord, I will. Teach, train and empower me to be your witness and minister to others as I remain in your presence. Help me to bear an abundance of fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Yes, I will.
Lord, I have tried to be your witness and minister with my own power and strength. What a weak and feeble effort that has been. Only you can make be bold and courageous. Only you can do extraordinary ministry to others through me. Use me for your glory. Amen
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