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BOLD PRAYERS

Safe prayers: Be with us (God is with us)Protect usBless us (America – bless God)!

  • We have access to go boldly before the throne of Grace
  • God hears our prayers
  • Yet our prayer life is inconsistent, and faithless

Craig Groeschel – “Following Jesus Never Safe!”

Acts 4:10 New International Version (NIV)

10 then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed.

 

Acts 4:13 New International Version (NIV)

13 When they saw the courage (boldness) of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.

 

Acts 4:29 New International Version (NIV)

29 Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness.(Danger, Make Bold)

 

HOW AMAZED ARE PEOPLE BY YOUR BOLDNESS?

In biblical sense, boldness is not a personality trait!

Acts 4:29-31 New International Version (NIV)

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 5:18-20 New International Version (NIV)

18 They arrested the apostles and put them in the public jail. 19 But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the doors of the jail and brought them out. 20 “Go, stand in the temple courts,” he said, “and tell the people all about this new life.

 

THREE ATTRIBUTES OF BOLDNESS

 

 

  • Boldness almost always triggers spiritual opposition.

 

 

18 They arrested the apostles and put them in the public jail. Acts 5:18

 

 

KEY: If you’re not ready to face opposition for your obedience to God, you’re not ready to be used by God.

 

 

  • Boldness often releases God’s miracles.

 

 

19 But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the doors of the jail and brought them out.  Acts 5:19

 

When you walk in obedience to God, you won’t be surprised by the miracles of God.

 

 

  • Boldness always requires faith.

 

 

Acts 5:20-21 New International Version (NIV)

20 “Go, stand in the temple courts,” he said, “and tell the people all about this new life.”

21 At daybreak they entered the temple courts, as they had been told, and began to teach the people.