I know of nothing more important in ministry than knowing the power of a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus and the power of God’s word spoken in the power of the Holy Spirt. The Early Church understood this. The council that put Peter and John on trial “charged them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge, for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard”” (Acts 4:18-20). Notice where Peter and John saw final authority!
This injunction from the council did not stop these men! As soon as they were released, “they went to their friends and reported what the chief priests and the elders had said to them…they lifted their voices together to God” (4:23-24) – an on-the-spot prayer meeting! There was no hesitation in seeking divine help. But here is the critical point of this event. There was no prayer asking for God to move them to an easier place of ministry, or revenge on their oppressors. No feeling sorry for themselves or decisions to pull back from public witnessing.
“And now Lord…grant to Your servants to continue to speak Your Word with all boldness…and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the Word of God with boldness” (4:29, 31). These are persons who knew the power of the Word from experience in their own lives and the Spirit’s power that sent them to preach in His power.
When did you last pray for this kind of boldness?
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