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Acts 4:23-31
Psalm 2
John 3:1-8

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prayers in threatening weather

"All raised their voices in prayer to God." —Acts 4:24

The religious and secular authorities tried to stop the first witnesses of Jesus' resurrection from spreading the good news (Mt 28:12ff). Likewise, after this first week of the Easter season, threats may be leveled against us to make us shut up about the risen Christ (see Acts 4:29). Satan couldn't keep Jesus in the tomb, but he can try to put us in there and thus bury the message of the resurrection.

Under the pressure of these threats, we should do what Peter and John did in similar circumstances. We must gather with other witnesses of the risen Christ and pray: Lord, "grant to Your servants, even as they speak Your words, complete assurance by stretching forth Your hand in cures and signs and wonders to be worked in the name of Jesus, Your holy Servant" (Acts 4:29-30).

As we continue to speak God's words and witness for the risen Jesus, we will see God answer this prayer. The place where we pray may shake (Acts 4:31). Better than that, the people we are witnessing to may shake, as happened at the first Pentecost (Acts 2:37). They will repent, give their lives to Jesus, and be filled with the Spirit (Acts 2:38). We also will be filled anew with the Spirit (Acts 4:31). Because of our prayer, the threats of those opposing Christ will be drowned in the praises and proclamations of countless new witnesses for the risen Christ.

Prayer:  Father, let my prayerful love for You make me immune to manipulation.

Promise:  "I solemnly assure you, no one can see the reign of God unless he is begotten from above." —Jn 3:3

Praise:  Julia faithfully prays for others while driving, especially when caught in traffic.

Reference:  (Prepare for a life-changing Pentecost on Pentecost Sunday by praying the Pentecost Novena. For supporting teaching, order our leaflet Pentecost Novena or on audio AV 103-1 or video V-103.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, October 16, 2006

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