Bible Verse: Acts 4:29-31 (NIV)
“Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. Stretch out your hand to heal and perform 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.
Heavenly Father, as we come before you, we are inspired by the early disciples’ prayer for boldness in proclaiming your word. Just as they sought your strength in the face of threats and challenges, we ask for the same courage in our journey of spreading your message. Fill us with the Holy Spirit, empowering us to speak your word boldly, not swayed by fear or doubt. Grant us the wisdom to discern your will and the strength to fulfill it. May our lives be a testimony to your grace, and may we draw others closer to you through our unwavering faith and bold actions. In the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, we pray. Amen.
In Acts 4:29-31, we witness the early disciples’ fervent prayer for boldness in the face of opposition and threats. After Peter and John were released from custody for healing a man in the name of Jesus, they returned to their fellow believers and prayed for God’s strength to continue their mission courageously.
This passage teaches us several important lessons about boldness in God’s work:
- Dependence on God: The disciples recognized their dependence on God’s power and guidance. They didn’t rely on their own strength but sought divine empowerment.
- Courage in Adversity: In the face of threats and challenges, the disciples didn’t cower in fear. Instead, they prayed for greater boldness to fulfill their mission, despite the risks.
- Prayer as a Source of Strength: This passage underscores the importance of prayer as a means to access God’s strength and guidance. The disciples turned to prayer as their first response to adversity.
- Filling of the Holy Spirit: Their prayer was answered with a tangible demonstration of God’s presence—the place was shaken, and they were filled with the Holy Spirit. This filling empowered them to speak boldly and perform signs and wonders in Jesus’ name.
As Christians, we can draw inspiration from this passage to pray for boldness in God’s work in our own lives. It reminds us that our work for God may face opposition and challenges, but with faith and dependence on the Holy Spirit, we can boldly proclaim His message and fulfill His calling, trusting that He will equip us for the task at hand.