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Pray for Boldness

 

(Acts 4:29) “Lord, pay attention to their threats now, and allow your servants to speak your word boldly.”

(Acts 4:13) “Now when the Jewish leaders saw the boldness of Peter and John and found out that they were uneducated and ordinary men, they were amazed and realized that they had been with Jesus.”

(Matthew 10:28) “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”

 

Just last week I got news of how two Pastors were shot to death in the streets of Pakistan after their Sunday service. The authorities have not lifted a finger to find out who the culprits were and these kinds of actions are increasing more and more in many countries. Overall I have noticed that when we start to preach the truth about Jesus, it makes governments and religious leaders fear the changes this might bring to their established system of rule.

Jesus was killed by his own because He was a threat to the religious and financial system the false teachers had established. He was no threat to Rome, as He did not come to overthrow their government with a sword, but to change one heart at a time with love and compassion. He openly spoke against injustice and the moral laws that were being broken by society.

One of the key signs that we have encountered Jesus is the boldness to speak about Him. It is also a sign that we have been baptized with the Holy Spirit as Jesus told his disciples to wait in Jerusalem for the promise of the one to come after Him, and then to go out and preach. Even if you are not a public speaker, Jesus will shine through you when you open your mouth and speak His words.

We see this amazing change in Peter who denied Christ three times when He saw his Lord bound and taken to trial. But a short time later, this same Peter, on the day of Pentecost stood up before a mocking crowd and preached the Gospel adding 3,000 converts in one day.

Later on, Peter added another 5.000 souls to the Kingdom while preaching to a crowd that gathered after he had healed a man paralyzed from birth.  At this point, they were thrown into jail and then ordered not to preach again about Jesus.  But all the Apostles did was to pray for boldness to preach more, not for safety and deliverance. 

We need to pray for more of the Holy Spirit, a new encounter with Christ in order to not be afraid of what man can do to us. If you are scared of declaring your faith, then you really have not understood the true purpose behind your salvation.

 

 

The big difference between those that know Christ and those that know about Him, is the desire and boldness to share Him with others.  Which one are you?

 

 

Prayers

• Heavenly Father, You are God who avenges me. The Lord who says “Vengeance is mine, I will repay”. You are God who will repay my enemies for their evil.
• Father, forgive us today for keeping quiet out of fear of man.
• We ask that today we will be filled with your Holy Spirit once more and see your power work through us.
• Give us the boldness to proclaim your good news of salvation regardless of the consequences.
• We reject the spirit of fear and put on the spirits of love, power, and sound mind.
• We cancel every accusing word that is rising up against us right now for having shared your truths.
• Let us be effective in fulfilling the purpose for which you saved us and empowered us with boldness.
• We pray for all those that have suffered the loss of a loved one for the preaching of the Gospel.

• We ask these things in Jesus’ Mighty name. Amen

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