Praying for Church Planting through the Book of Acts
Despite the initial resistance of the Jewish leaders, the church continued to grow. Jesus promised that he would build his church and Hell would not overcome it (Matthew 16:18). But we are also continually reminded that the church was "filled with the Spirit" (2:4; 4:8, 31). This is the reason that "the full number of those who believe were of one heart and soul" (4:32). So, we pray for the Spirit to give us unity.
The Holy Spirit also showed his power through the apostles as they "were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus" (4:33). Theirs was a community formed by the gospel and empowered by the Spirit. In this particular case, God's power was shown in their radical generosity. They sold land and houses in order to meet the needs of others. So, we pray for the Spirit to give us generosity.