A Way To Pray When You Are Afraid – Acts 4:23-37

From my reading in Acts 4:23-37 in the One Year New Testament.

When Peter and John were told not to speak in Jesus name the church gathered and prayed for courage.

Here was part of their prayer.

“And now, O Lord, hear their threats, and give us, your servants, great boldness in preaching your word. Stretch out your hand with healing power; may miraculous signs and wonders be done through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” Acts 4:29-30

They were not afraid to pray bold prayers.

They asked that God would give them boldness to preach the word.  Now this is not a prayer we have to pray exactly but I think we can learn a principle that when you face a challenge or something you are afraid you can pray for boldness. Let’s look at God’s response.

“After this prayer, the meeting place shook, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. Then they preached the word of God with boldness.” Acts 4:31

Talk about an answer to prayer!  This might not happen in your prayer meeting, but it could!

Let us learn from the example of these early men and women of faith and be willing to pray bold prayers. We should not necessarily be looking for this type of response because God uses creativity in responding but we should expect him to answer in some way.

A prayer for boldness in preaching the gospel is the kind of prayer that God likes to answer.

Next time you are afraid why don’t you try praying for boldness and see what God does!

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About David Worcester

I am the founder and director of a campus ministry at San Diego State called Challenge. I am also serving as an ordained elder at Mission Trails Church. I love speaking and writing about college ministry, gospel appointments, and practical ways to live out God’s Word! I am also passionate about: leadership training, learning, missions, church planting, surfing, hiking, sports, photography and traveling (So far I’ve visited 23 countries & all 50 states). I’m married to Jessica Worcester who I fell in love with while doing college ministry together and we have a two year old son named Samuel. I graduated from from the University of Oklahoma (OU) with a degree in Film & Video Studies. And I received my Masters in Theological Studies from Gateway Seminary. I am an ordained minister who loves speaking and writing about practical ways to live out God’s Word in life and ministry.

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