And now, O Lord, hear their threats, and give us, your servants, great boldness in preaching your word. Stretch out your hand with healing power; may miraculous signs and wonders be done through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” 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.
Peter and John had just been released from custody and threatened not to talk about Jesus. But they did. They immediately went and told what the chief priest and elders had said to them. The next thing they did was pray together, quote scripture, and trust God to do what they asked – that they would be filled with boldness. And their prayers were answered.
I am often silent, afraid to speak boldly about what the Bible says because it is not popular or politically correct. I allow a fear of people’s reactions be stronger than my desire to share the Gospel with them. This scripture encourages me and directs me to pray for boldness, trusting that God will send His Holy Spirit and I will have the courage to speak the truth of His Word.
Father, I pray for courage to speak about You, Your truth, Your Word, and Your instructions. Especially when I am facing those who oppose or resist Your Word, give me the courage to speak truth. As You did with Peter and John and their companions, I pray the Holy Spirit will shake the places where I pray and that I will speak about you with boldness and may miraculous signs and wonders be done in Jesus’ name.
Cheryl Romanik, Celebrate Recovery Training Coach + Group Leader/North Braddock Campus