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Prayer of Boldness


Acts 4:23-31


Prayer is merely communication between divinity and humanity. Prayer requires knowledge, understanding and wisdom. Boldness means to have courage to challenge the status quo. Boldness is not the absence of fear, rather, boldness is the ability to arise in spite of fear.


There is a dimension of prayer that gives you shameless audacity; a conviction in your heart that the thing you’re petitioning God for will be answered. Paul tells us in Hebrews 11:6, “without faith it is impossible to please God.” Prayer then, without faith, is an exercise in futility. Prayer without faith is merely a recitation of words. Have the conviction and assurance that when you speak to God, the request shall come to pass.


There are various kinds of prayer. Paul tells us in Ephesians 6:18, to pray “on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.” Scripture is laden with many kinds of prayers. These prayers are given to us to appropriate for various purposes.


Often times, our intellect interferes with our ability to step into boldness. To see the glory of God, cast intellect aside in order to operate.


Acts 4:27-30, “and now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word, By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus. And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness. The Apostles experienced the power and workings under which Jesus operated. They sought the same grace that Acts 10:38 tells us enabled Christ. “how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.” The Apostles sought the same grace; their standard was Jesus Christ.


Likewise, we must cry for a deeper experience; if not we rob ourselves of living in the fullness of our Salvation. The Holy Spirit is the limitless resource of God; once he indwells you, there’s nothing you cannot do. Thus, seek a deeper revelation. Judge your growth by looking into the mirror that is Christ.


As the scripture illustrates, the Apostles acquired this boldness through following Christ, receiving the Holy Spirit and walking in power. They were followers of Jesus; they made the decision to receive Him and become his disciples. They received instructions to go to Jerusalem and wait on Him; they complied, they obeyed the instruction and waited on him. (Isaiah 40:31) While we wait on God, God is waiting on us; waiting on us so he serves us. For the Holy Spirit to be present, they had to create a conducive atmosphere. Only in the atmosphere of unity and harmony did the Holy Spirit manifest. At the arrival of the Holy Spirit, they began to walk in power.


God commanded boldness and strength from the days of Joshua. In Joshua 1:5, Joshua is given assurance; just as He was with Moses, so shall He be with Joshua. As a follower of Moses, Joshua weighed his calling by the standard of Moses. After Moses’ death, Joshua must now also learn to become a leader where he had always seen Moses as leader. Boldness is literally knowing the power of His presence; knowing that you are never forsaken nor abandoned.


Paul urges us to be bold and confident; David also exemplifies the outcome of acting in boldness and confidence.


Hebrews 4:16- “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need." Mercy wipes away the past. Mercy exonerates you from everything in your past. Pray from a place of boldness; speak with authority, let the devil know you know who you are. For when you stand boldly, the accuser will lose his voice. God wants you to be bold in this season; in boldness you will see the fullness of God.


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