“And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak you 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.” Acts [4:29]-30
After being threatened in court, you’d think Peter and John would pray for safety. But immediately after their arrest, their prayer was something completely different—they prayed for boldness!
At first glance, it seems like their boldness was what got them arrested in the first place. But quickly they recognized that what they needed was not a smooth path of no resistance, but instead a boldness that went beyond what they had shown. (I’m fairly certain that my instinct in that situation would be to pray for protection, and that the government would have a change of heart.) But the apostles understood one thing clearly—praying for safety is a self-centered prayer, but praying for boldness is others-centered.
Peter and John didn’t stop with boldness. Then they prayed for miracles. That’s bold, too! There isn’t a lot of wiggle room in a prayer that boldly asks God to do something big.
The early church placed a high value on prayer. Christ-followers today must do the same! If we want to experience the excitement, the growth, and the joy of the church in Acts, then we have to pray with the fervor and expectation of the church in Acts.
Father, like Peter and John, I pray for boldness. Give me a heart that asks and expects big things from you. Help your church to be people of fervent prayer. Amen.