I have recently begun preaching through the Book of Acts, and this past week covered this verse in my sermon, Acts 4:29b (New Living Translation, Second Edition) “give us, your servants, great boldness in preaching your word.”
You may have read this verse recently yourself, or may in times past, but the truth of these words bear repeating again and again. We live in a world that is marred by sin, and is in great need of a Savior, and even more importantly, is in great need of people to step up and share the truth that Jesus loves.
I am reminded of another great passage of Scripture, found in 1 Kings 18. The Prophet Elijah challenges the false prophets of Baal to prove who is the True God, and after Baal does not answer, Elijah prayed and asked God to answer his prayer in a very powerful manner.
The Bible says this in 1 Kings 18:38-39 (NLT):
Immediately the fire of the LORD flashed down from heaven and burned up the young bull, the wood, the stones, and the dust. It even licked up all the water in the trench! And when all the people saw it, they fell face down on the ground and cried out, "The LORD—He is God! Yes, the LORD is God!"
What a sight that must have been, the Power of God on display for all to see!
If you go back and read that passage of Scripture you will see that the people of Israel committed to following the Lord and rid themselves of the prophets of Baal. In the passage in Acts, you see the power of God at work in the midst of persecution and the Christian church continued to grow and flourish.
We can lament all we want about the world turning away from Christianity and embracing other religions, and while that may be true, it does not have to be final. We need to echo the prayers of these great men of God, asking God to do great things among us and show His power to the world again.
God is looking for men and women, boys and girls who are not ashamed to stand up for what is right, to denounce sin and be ready to endure until the end. It may not be easy, but then again, Jesus said He would be with us until the end.
Find a church to worship and grow spiritually in, and ask the Lord for great boldness!