“And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.” Acts 4:29-31
In response to commands to stop preaching Christ the church prayed for boldness to continue proclaiming. In response to complaints within the church or attitudes of our neighbors or a desire to not “offend” we cower and water down a message, we strive to serve nuggets of “truth” that are universal and not specific to Christianity and we want to make everyone “happy.”
We have neglected boldness. Maybe we stopped praying for it. Maybe we became too comfortable. Perhaps we have put metrics for measuring our success in place that completely miss the point of making disciples as Christ commanded.
What if this Spirit empowered boldness returned? Sure it might look different for all of us – after all we haven’t been commanded per se to stop preaching Christ we have simply been lulled into it. Will the earth shake? Will the church grow? Will lives be changed?
Let us return to our prayers the cry for boldness to speak the word that we might see the wonders done in the name of Jesus.