Pray for Boldness

The apostles Peter and John, having been arrested, threatened, and warned not to speak anymore of Jesus, went back to their company and prayed, “…and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, (Acts 4:29).” Their prayer was heard. For, the Bible goes on to say in Acts 4:31, that when they had finished their praying, they spoke the word of God with all boldness.
This was the greatest challenge for these disciples, who at first had shown themselves timid, and even cowardly. They had forsaken the Lord and fled into the darkness, on the night of Jesus’ arrest (Matthew 26:56). Peter followed, but from afar off (Matthew 26:58). They knew where their greatest weakness laid, and thus they prayed.
Just by standing up and preaching in the Temple, they showed great courage. Now they were confronted by the threats of the high priest and his cohorts at the Sanhedrin.
We the twenty first century followers of Jesus should appreciate the dedication and courage of those first Christians in standing for truth. They were men of like passion as us. They had to search their souls as we do before they spoke, knowing that their words might cost them a great deal.
As they did, we need to pray for that which is needed, boldness! History is an excellent teacher, so is experience.
Acts 9:28; “And he was with them, moving about freely in Jerusalem, speaking out boldly in the name of the Lord.”
Acts 18:26; “And he began to speak out boldly in the synagogue. But when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately.”
Acts 19:8; “And he entered the synagogue and continued speaking out boldly for three months, reasoning and persuading them about the kingdom of God.”

Spiritual Boldness

When the Holy Spirit anoints a person, a spiritual boldness from the Holy Spirit comes with it. It’s a supernatural unction or power that puts force behind what you are doing.

The authority and the power of God will work through you, producing within you a supernatural strength to act.
Boldness will manifest for someone proclaiming God’s Word. It was said that Jesus spoke with authority. When Jesus taught, there was a force of power that signified Him as a voice for God, teaching and preaching with boldness.

Luke 4: 31-32 states; “Then He went down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and was teaching them on the Sabbaths. And they were astonished at His teaching, for His word was with authority.”

Boldness will manifest when the anointing manifests for performing healings, raising the dead, changing natural circumstances, and other miracles. This boldness is more than bravery; it is a supernatural empowerment to execute the anointing of God.

Boldness will manifest with power when taking authority over a spiritual enemy. There is a spiritual revelation of who God is and that we represent Him. This bold anointing is poured out, not worked up. This boldness comes from God, not from stirring up emotion.

Boldness is not rudeness. Paul says in I Corinthians 13 that love is not rude. Don’t try to excuse bad behavior stemming from an untamed personality.

The boldness that comes from the Holy Spirit gives us the confidence that God will accomplish His purpose. There is no doubt, no other option.

In Acts 13:46; “Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly and said, “It was necessary that the word of God be spoken to you first; since you repudiate it and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, we are turning to the Gentiles.”
And Acts 14:3; “Therefore they spent a long time there speaking boldly with reliance upon the Lord, who was testifying to the word of His grace, granting that signs and wonders be done by their hands.”

Boldness: Stand Strong

These are exciting days of conquest and confrontation, of building and battling. We stand at the very threshold of the greatest revival the world has ever seen.
The enemy is poised, doing all he can to stop this coming move of God. Now is the time for us to stand strong and straight and be counted for righteousness sake.
The Lord has issued an ultimate command. It is unmistakably clear. As followers of Christ, we are to be bold, brave, and extremely courageous. As the Scripture declares in the Book of Joshua:
Now it came about after the death of Moses the servant of the LORD that the LORD spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ servant, saying, “Moses My servant is dead; now therefore arise, cross this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them, to the sons of Israel. Every place on which the sole of your foot treads, I have given it to you, just as I spoke to Moses. From the wilderness and this Lebanon, even as far as the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and as far as the Great Sea toward the setting of the sun will be your territory. No man will be able to stand before you (Joshua 1:1-5).
Our confidence is in the Lord in these days. According to Proverbs 28:1, boldness is a characteristic of the God’s children: “The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion.”

Boldness isn’t just a good way; it’s the right way, the God way.
“Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus (Acts 4:13).”