…we cannot deny it (Acts 4:16)
The healing of a 40-year-old man who has been lame from birth is truly undeniable! But the Sadducees (the truly religious elite) took issue with the fact that Peter and John were then telling people about God’s resurrection power (which they did not believe).
It was undeniable that…
- … the lame man was healed
- … Peter spoke boldly with the help of the Holy Spirit
- … Peter and John’s eloquence in spiritual matters was not bookish learning but divine illumination
- … Peter and John had been with Jesus
- … Peter and John could not be silenced by threats
- … the admiration of the crowd following the healing and Peter’s sermon
- … God was glorified
So what did the church do? They prayed for more “undeniableness” to be demonstrated by God through their lives!
They knew none of these threats took God by surprise, but they all happened as God had “determined before to be done” (v. 28). So they said, “We are Your servants in this—do more undeniable things through us. Enable us to speak Your Word boldly, and empower us to do signs and wonders in the name of Jesus” (vv. 29, 30).
And God answered that prayer!
What about us? Are we willing to pray that prayer today? Will we allow God to do undeniable things through us? Persecution may follow, but so will God’s glory, and saved souls, and healed people!