boldnessIn 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.

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2 Responses to Boldness

  1. Les Young says:

    Amen Tom! Thanks for posting that. May the message fall on many hearing ears and be deposited in many willing hearts. The American church indeed needs to prepare herself. 5 “If you have run with the footmen, and they have wearied you, Then how can you contend with horses? And if in the land of peace, In which you trusted, they wearied you, Then how will you do in the floodplain of the Jordan? Jeremiah 12:5 (NKJV)

  2. Beck Gambill says:

    On my recent trip to Serbia I was reminded of this. While the church there isn’t persecuted as some around the world, they are such a small minority and don’t enjoy certain legal rights. It was amazing to watch Christians in Serbia struggle to live out their faith in a hostile culture when we in America really face so little real opposition. It reminds me to pray for them daily, it’s the least I can do.

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