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?