The earthly circumstances of Acts 4 echoes into our own reality today. Peter and John have been brought before the cultural leaders for daring to release God’s healing power to a blind beggar through the name of Jesus whom they reject. We need to take notice of how these Spirit-filled believers “defended” themselves.
When Peter and John return to the believers in the upper room, notice how they pray.
Later, the Apostle Paul would give more specific instructions concerning how to pray in these times: “Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy2:1-4).
This level of assurance is only possible when: (1) you know the reality of the finished work of Jesus, the New Covenant of grace; (2) when you walk in the same power that raised Jesus from the dead and seated Him at the right hand of God’s throne; (3) when your confidence is solely in Him and His Word; (4) when you are earnestly expecting Christ’s return; and (5) when you know both the chronos times and the kairos and know He is coming very soon.