Pray for Boldness
In Acts 4, Peter and John have the full attention of the Sanhedrin – a group of more than 70 wealthy intellectual men – the highest authority of the Jews in their day. This same group had condemned Jesus to die, and they were not happy with Peter and John proclaiming Jesus’ resurrection.
Lord, listen to their threats! We are your servants. So make us brave enough to speak your message. Show your mighty power, as we heal people and work miracles and wonders in the name of your holy Servant Jesus.
─ Acts 4:29-30 CEV
The Sanhedrin put Peter and John in jail for the night, and the next morning they questioned them about the authority in which they preached, and the power that healed a crippled man. They threatened them and commanded them not to teach in the name of Jesus.
Ask God for boldness.
Peter and John returned to the group of believers. When the group heard their report, they prayed the words in the verse above. Their prayer is a great example for us to follow today.
• They offered praise and thanksgiving to God (Acts 4:24-28).
• They told God about the challenge they were facing.
• The group of believers did not ask God to remove the problem,
• But asked Him to help them with it.
• They asked God for boldness.
You may ask God to remove the problem, and He may do just that. But often He responds by giving you the strength and boldness to see it through.
Today’s One Thing
Pray today’s verse and make it your own. Call a friend and ask them to agree with you in prayer.