Act 4:23-31 (NLT)
As soon as they were freed, Peter and John returned to the other believers and told them what the leading priests and elders had said. 24 When they heard the report, all the believers lifted their voices together in prayer to God: “O Sovereign Lord, Creator of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them— 25 you spoke long ago by the Holy Spirit through our ancestor David, your servant, saying, ‘Why were the nations so angry? Why did they waste their time with futile plans? 26 The kings of the earth prepared for battle; the rulers gathered together against the Lord and against his Messiah.’ 27 “In fact, this has happened here in this very city! For Herod Antipas, Pontius Pilate the governor, the Gentiles, and the people of Israel were all united against Jesus, your holy servant, whom you anointed. 28 But everything they did was determined beforehand according to your will. 29 And now, O Lord, hear their threats, and give us, your servants, great boldness in preaching your word. 30 Stretch out your hand with healing power; may miraculous signs and wonders be done through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” 31 After this prayer, the meeting place shook, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. Then they preached the word of God with boldness.
If you are a ‘mature believer’ (an ole timer in Christ) I want you to see something in these verses that will greatly encourage you. V31 says, “and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit”. These are the same folk who were gathered in the upper room on the Day of Pentecost who according to this verse were “Filled again”. They were initially “filled” at Pentecost and once again here a number of days or weeks later. Friends, The Joy of a Spirit-Filled Life is that we can never, ever, ever, get enough of the Holy Spirit. We need fresh waves of His presence to recharge us like we daily need fresh food to sustain us. Can I then encourage you to boldly ask God for a fresh infilling of the Spirit of God to sustain and energize your walk with Christ. (P.S. This does not mean the Spirit unfilled them and then refilled them…it means more of a top up)