Christians generally pray that life would “go well”, or that we would not encounter too many problems. Along those same lines, we often pray that God would deliver us from undesirable circumstances: illness, disease, financial pressures, relationship struggles or conflicts…you get the idea.
In the book of Acts, when Peter and John were arrested and imprisoned overnight for speaking and teaching in the name of Jesus, what they prayed after being released is markedly different than the way we pray most of the time. They did not pray for an end to any harassment or persecution, but instead they recognized God’s sovereignty over their situation and over current events. Then they prayed for “all boldness” (Acts 4:29) to speak the name and message of Jesus.
Let’s start praying for more boldness, instead of just praying to be relieved of undesirable circumstances.
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Let’s pray for all boldness to share Christ with family members.
Let’s pray for all boldness to tell others how God has answered prayer.
Let’s pray for all boldness to tell others how gracious God is in forgiving our sins.
Let’s pray for all boldness to name the name of Jesus in secular university settings.
Let’s pray for all boldness to ask others about their lives and their struggles- because we care about them as people.
Let’s pray for all boldness to begin friendships with those of other backgrounds and ethnicities.
Let’s pray for all boldness to invite others to read the Bible along with us. (and ask any question they want to ask)
Let’s pray for boldness to humbly point out greed, falsehood, and injustice when we see it.