In the last post, we talked about not speaking up and out about what God has done in our lives. The world wants us to be quiet, but if God has done something great, let’s tell someone about it.
Peter and John left that meeting with the high priest and went back to their own company, the Bible says. I looked up that word “company” and two of its meanings are as follows: the fact or condition of being with another or others, especially in a way that provides friendship and enjoyment; a number of individuals gathered together, especially for a particular purpose. Your company tells a lot about you as an individual! The crowd you spend time with is who you are.
Peter and John went back to their own company, a group of believers whose main goal was to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ! After they heard what had happened, they had an on-the-spot prayer meeting!
“And being let go, they went to their own company, and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said unto them. And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is: Who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things? The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ. For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together, For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done. And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word, By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.” Acts 4:23-30
We as Christians should be more like this group in Acts. We need to learn to pray! They lifted up their voice to the Lord in one accord! As they prayed they asked for one thing and that was boldness to speak the Word!
When was the last time you asked for boldness to speak the Word? Have you ever asked for boldness? We need bold Christians! We need Christians who aren’t scared or deterred by the threats of the world! As this world gets worse and worse, we need to speak up and speak out about the Gospel of Jesus Christ! Ask for boldness every day! Ask for strength to be a witness!
Once they prayed, God answered!
“And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.” Acts 4:31
They asked for boldness to speak the Word of God, God gave them the boldness they needed to go out!
If you have seen and heard great things that God has done for you, don’t be afraid to tell someone! If you are afraid or shy or timid, ask God for boldness to speak His Word! If there is one prayer that God will answer besides the prayer of salvation, it is the prayer of boldness to speak His Word!
Pray for boldness everyday to share the Gospel of Christ!