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 (NIV)
That Is what I want. What’s that? I want to be able to boldly speak your word. That is a very good desire. Is that it? Is there anything else or more that you want? I want much more. Not only that, I want to be able to boldly and powerfully serve you whenever you call me, wherever you send me and however you want to use me. What end goal do you have on your heart and in your mind? I want to be able to know and do your will. I want to do what is pleasing in your sight. I want to be able to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. I want to be well used by you. Those are all very good desires as well.
Its sounds to me like you have learned some very important lessons. Tell me what lessons you have learned. I have learned that apart from you I can do nothing. With my own efforts and in my own strength I can do nothing. Without your power I am powerless. With your help my efforts will be fruitless. Only you can make me able to know and do your will. So, what will you continue to do? I will come to you to ask you for your help. Will your asking me for my help be a onetime effort or an infrequent request? No, not at all. I will live my life in moment by moment dependence on you. I will continue to ask you for all that I need. I will live my life in a constant dialogue with you. That will be very good. Why do you suppose it is so good that you will keep on praying to me? You want me to live in an intimate relationship with you. Yes, I do. What will happen to you, as you keep on living in an intimate relationship with me? I will be changed. My heart will be changed. My mind will be transformed. I will begin to think your thoughts. I will learn to speak your words. I will take action by doing your deeds. You will guide my life as I keep on following you. Yes, I will do all these things for you.
I will tell you a secret. What’s that? You want what I want. Your prayers are in alignment with my will. I will make you able to boldly speak my word and powerfully serve me, whenever I call you, wherever I send you and however I want to use you. For that, I am so very thankful. That is very good.
Holy Spirt, in my own efforts and with my own strength I am quite timid. I am weak. I am powerless. Without your power and I can do nothing. Fill, empower and use me. Give me the freedom to speak boldly so I can bear abundant fruit for the kingdom of God. Amen
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