Read: Acts 4:23-31
And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness. (v. 31)
When a friend of mine first started driving, he accidentally put a small amount of diesel fuel in his car that took regular gas. When he drove away from the pump, it was clear for all to see that he had used the wrong fuel. Smoke billowed from the muffler and the engine rattled. Different systems require different sources of energy: cars require gasoline; flashlights require batteries; and people require food. It’s pretty obvious when we use the wrong fuel.
What kind of fuel does Christian mission work require? The apostles knew the fuel that was needed so they could go out on mission—they prayed! After they prayed, they were filled with the Holy Spirit. This empowered them to boldly speak and proclaim the gospel! When they prayed, the Holy Spirit came in and helped them live out their call to mission.
In addition to Jesus’ mission of sending the church into the world (Matt. 28:18-20), God has given each of us a mission in life. We are all called to something, whether it is proclaiming the gospel to our children or living out our faith during the workday or sharing the gospel with our neighbors. Wherever you are called to make disciples, make sure to fuel your mission with prayer! —Mike Hooker
Prayer: God, fill me with your Holy Spirit so I can boldly proclaim the gospel wherever you call me. Amen.