As a young youth pastor in the mid 1980s while I was reading the scriptures, I came across a prayer prayed by the disciples. It is found in the Book of Acts 4:29-31:
“Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus ... And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.”
It is important to know that this prayer was prayed after receiving great threats from the religious leaders of the day. They were threatened for preaching the name of Jesus that resulted in the healing of a man who had been crippled from birth. I am profoundly impressed by the fact that they prayed for more of what got them in trouble in the first place. They were not going to allow the fear of man to keep them from their Kingdom mandate.
This passage has been branded in my heart and I have prayed it for over 20 years. While I have experienced miracles over the years, it is not until this past year that I have seen them more frequently, and not just in the walls of our meetings. Jesus is the example of normal Christianity and I want to be a normal Christian.
The Bible says when He walked this earth He preached the Gospel of the Kingdom; healed the sick, the blind, and the deaf; delivered the tormented; and commanded demons to flee. He did it with love and compassion for those who were afflicted and always gave the Father the Glory. He told us that we would be able to do what He did and even greater.
Jesus never said, “Come ya’ll,” but rather He did say, “Go Ye.” He wants us to go out of our church meetings filled with the fire of the Holy Spirit to proclaim and demonstrate the reality of His Kingdom on planet earth.
That’s why He taught us to pray “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
Those who think otherwise need to repent. Repent means to change the way you think. In Romans 12:2 God calls us to renew our minds that we might prove His perfect will. It is His will for you to walk in power.
To be a Christian and not be in hot pursuit, not walk in love, power and authority is to live an abnormal Christian life.
So be bold, and don’t be satisfied until you are living the normal Christian life.
I recommend reading “God’s Generals,” by Roberts Liardon.
That’s the Kingdom perspective!
Don Sturiano, pastor of Kingdom Life Christian Church, can be reached at 776-0026. Kingdom Life Christian Church meets at 10:30 a.m. Sundays at The Renaissance on 9th/Senior Enrichment Center 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. For more information, visit www.kingdomlifechristianchurch.org. Faith Matters is a regular feature of Saturday’s Herald, written by local clergy members.