After their release the apostles went back to their friends and reported to them what the chief priests and elders had said to them. When they heard it they raised their voices to God in united prayer and said, “Lord, you are God, who made heaven and earth and the sea, and all that is in them, who by the mouth of your servant David have said: ‘Why did the nations rage, and the people plot vain things? The kings of the earth took their stand, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord and against his Christ’. For truly against your holy servant Jesus whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel were gathered together to do whatever your hand and your purpose determined before to be done. Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to your servants that with all boldness they may speak your word, by stretching out your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of your holy servant Jesus.’
When they had prayed their meeting-place was shaken; they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the Word of God fearlessly (Acts 4:23-31 Phillips).
The church offered this prayer after Peter and John were warned by the Sanhedrin not to preach the Gospel any more in Jesus’ name.
When faced with opposition, persecution, we ought to go to God and pray for the boldness we need to stand up to the enemies of His Word. We have the assurance that God will grant whatever we ask according to His will. If we ask Him to give us the courage we need in our Christian walk, He will be more than happy to grant us our request. Good News should be shared joy not fear.
Today, ask God to give you the courage to share the Gospel that will save many lives.