“23 On their release, Peter and John went back to their own people and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them. 24 When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God. “Sovereign Lord,” they said, “you made the heavens and the earth and the sea, and everything in them. 25 You spoke by the Holy Spirit through the mouth of your servant, our father David:
“‘Why do the nations rage
and the peoples plot in vain?
26 The kings of the earth rise up
and the rulers band together
against the Lord
and against his anointed one.
27 Indeed Herod and Pontius Pilate met together with the Gentiles and the people of Israel in this city to conspire against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed. 28 They did what your power and will had decided beforehand should happen. 29 Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. 30 Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”
31 After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.“ Acts 4:23-31
It always amazes me when I read this prayer that these disciples, whose very lives were threatened, did not pray for protection. They prayed for boldness.
What amazes me more is that same boldness is available to me as I seek God and receive the fullness of His supernatural power. More often than not I ask for protection having little desire to be bold. Yet, I am seeing more and more that this boldness is not just a good thing but a necessary thing for all servants of the Living God. We cannot be without it! For we are not called to safety but to history!