In the fourth chapter of Acts, Peter and John were hauled before the Jewish leaders. These guys—the high priest and his cohorts—were the ones who had finessed the system enough to have Jesus killed. They were not to be trifled with. They meant business, and they knew how to handle anyone who opposed them.
So, when these leaders “charged them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus” (Acts 4:18), what did Peter and John do? Did they shut up? Did they go into hiding? Did they cower in a corner somewhere?
No, they prayed for boldness. “Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness” (Acts 4:29). The disciples were determined to talk more about Jesus, not less.
Actually, that’s the same thing that Christians around the world pray today. Our Americanized version of Christianity has left us with the mistaken notion of a low-stress, comfortable-life fairy tale. Yet, many of our fellow Christ-followers across the globe receive threats even more serious than what John and Peter encountered. And how do they respond? By praying for boldness.
Don’t be intimidated by those who would try to silence your witness for Christ. Instead, pray for boldness.