Regardless of our circumstances

What if some of our prayers were somehow misdirected? What if, instead of seeking God’s will within us, our prayers were always focused on lesser things?

After facing dangerous opposition, what did the disciples pray for in Acts 4:23-31? Did they pray for a day at the spa, or for their persecutors to take a hike, or for personal happiness?

They looked up to their Sovereign, saying: “Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness” (verse 29).

They didn’t ask God to take away their circumstances, but to transform them FOR their circumstances.

Instead of praying the storm away, they prayed to face it.

I don’t think it’s wrong to pray away bad circumstances or for health and joy. Those are good things to pray for. But I think we can take a lead from these disciples and focus on own personal transformation regardless of the situations we are in. 

We can’t control what is happening around us; but we can ask God to transform what is happening inside of us as we seek to be led by his Spirit as the hands and feet of Jesus.

Sovereign Lord,
transform us to serve you boldly
in our circumstances
regardless of our circumstances.
Amen.


Notes:

–Today’s devotional is connected to my latest sermon which is based on Acts 4:1-31 and is called “Despite our circumstances.” Click here to watch or listen.

–Bible quotes are from the NIV.

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