Acts 4:29-31 NKJV Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, (30) by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.” (31) And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.
Peter and John had gone to the temple to pray where they encountered a man unable to walk from his birth sitting by the temple gate called Beautiful asking alms of all those that entered. Instead of giving him money, which they did not have, the Lord used them to heal this man. This made quite a scene as people as people who knew this man saw the miracle and began to rejoice and praise God along with him. Then Peter and John took full advantage of the situation and preached Christ to the multitude letting them know it was Jesus, the risen savior, who healed this man and 5,000 people believed in Christ that day.
The priests and Sadducees were greatly angered and had them thrown in jail for telling people that Jesus was alive and how believing in Him brought salvation. The next day they were brought up on charges, questioned, and threatened. However, the priests could not deny that a miracle had truly been done so they couldn’t punish Peter & John, so they continued to threaten them and then finally let them go.
Peter and John went to some of their faithful friends and reported all that happened and then they began to pray. Notably they prayed for boldness. Reading Acts 3 & 4 one would think that they wouldn’t need any more boldness, but they needed boldness because the threats had sown some timidity and fear in their hearts. You don’t need boldness unless there is some timidity to overcome.
Acts 4:31 tells us that they received a refreshing encounter with the Holy Spirit and spoke the Word of God with BOLDNESS. They received the boldness they prayed for. Let’s look at a few elements that bolstered their faith and destroyed any timidity the threats produced.
- They were not alone. When they were threatened and needed encouraged they went to their friends.
- They were open and honest with their trusted confidants. You need people you can be real with about situations in life. NOTE: Their friends encouraged them. Don’t go to people that encourage your fears, go to people that speak life into you.
- They prayed for the solution and not against the problem. They didn’t pray that the mean and overbearing religious leaders would leave them alone… NOPE they didn’t pray against the problem. But they prayed for the solution of BOLDNESS to proclaim the truth regardless of the threats.
Peter, John and some of the other disciples that saw what happened to them experienced some timidity and fear after the threats they received. But they came together, encouraged one another, prayed for one another and left with BOLDNESS that destroyed their fears. Who do you have that is praying for you about the fears in your life?