The book of Acts records the thrilling account of early church believers encountering the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost. In chapters 3 and 4 we read of the church’s earliest efforts in evangelism as they carried out the promise of Acts 1:8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
We read of a healing that leads to Peter boldly declaring the Gospel on Solomon’s porch. Subsequently, Peter and John are arrested and on the next day called to give and answer to the religious leaders for their presentation of Christ. Peter does not back down, again boldly proclaiming the Good News. Acts 4:13 gives record of the response, “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.” In verse 18, Peter and John are warned not to speak in Jesus’ name. They both answer that they cannot stop speaking about their experience with Christ.
Boldness is the manner in which the Gospel must be given. It is not necessary for the believer to develop their own method of sharing the Gospel. We are simply called to open our mouths and give witness to the transforming, saving power of Jesus.
This month, we will unite our prayers asking the Holy Spirit to give us courage to be a bold witness of Christ.
- Pray that our hearts will align with God’s heart concerning our responsibility as a witness of Christ (Acts 4:24–28).
- If you have had fear or intimidation about being a witness, ask the Holy Spirit to take away that fear and remind you of the authority that’s available through His indwelling (Proverbs 28:1; Acts 4:28, 29; Psalm 138:3).
- Pray that when you have opportunity to witness, words will be given so that you can fearlessly testify of what God has done for you (Ephesians 6:19).
- Pray for boldness to share the Good News even when times are hard (2 Corinthians 4:8–10).
- Pray for boldness to declare truth that does not adjust to negative responses (2 Corinthians 4:2).
- Pray for the power of Pentecost to be alive in our churches so that we may all be filled with the Holy Spirit and go into our communities to proclaim Christ with boldness (Acts 4:31).
- Ask that those who hear the Good News will be made aware of their need for a Savior and respond (Acts 4:13).
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