Early Church – Fri – 22-06-10

Have you ever admired boldness in another person? People who have the confidence to take on a challenge, start something new or take a stand for what’s right are admired. Many of us wish we had more boldness. We often feel uncertain, small or weak. We want boldness, but don’t find it in ourselves.

Today, I want to share with you the secret to boldness. It is the secret the first Christians knew. Peter and John healed a man and preached Jesus. The authorities arrested them, commanded them stop preaching Jesus and threatened them. So, Peter and John gathered with other Christians and prayed. Listen to part of their prayer and the answer in Acts 4:29-31, ‘”Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. Stretch out your hand to heal and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.’ (NIV)

Did you notice the secret? Boldness came from God. Peter, John and the other Christians were distressed by the harassment delivered by the authorities. So they prayed for boldness and God answered. The next time you need to speak out about your faith or take a stand for what is right, remember to pray for boldness.

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