Educators: Living Acts 4

A teacher gifts a Bible to a student, and legal action begins.  This reminds me of Peter and John being arrested and threatened in Acts 4.  No, he was not imprisoned like them, but that behavior is bound to happen in our the USA, and probably in the not-so-distant-future.  He is being persecuted for his faith, both in losing his job, and being threatened with legal action.

It is important to note how the disciples responded to this threat in Acts 4:

27 For truly in this city there were gathered together against Your holy [t]servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the[u]Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, 28 to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose predestined to occur. 29 And [v]now, Lord, take note of their threats, and grant that Your bond-servants may speak Your word with all confidence,30 while You extend Your hand to heal, and [w]signs and wonders take place through the name of Your holy [x]servant Jesus.” 31 And when they had prayed, the place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were allfilled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness.

We offer a similar prayer for all those who suffer today.

Lord, truly You are the one who made the heavens and the earth, and the government and the people are gathered against this and other educators, just like in the time of the apostles, and just as you have ordained to happen.  Please take note of their threats, and grant each and every believing teacher today, that they may speak Your word with all confidence, despite the threats against their jobs, their livelihood, and their position before the law.  We pray that just as you provided signs and wonders by the Apostles, that you would put words in their mouths, and use them mightily to heal the hurting children.  May we all, like them, follow the examples of Jesus, Peter and John, and speak the truth of the gospel with boldness, despite the opposition by the world.  Amen.