23On their release, Peter and John went back to their own people and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said to them.24When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God. "Sovereign Lord," they said, "you made the heaven and the earth and the sea, and everything in them. 25You 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?26The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the Lord and against his Anointed One. 27Indeed 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. 28They did what your power and will had decided beforehand should happen. 29Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness.30Stretch out your hand to heal and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus."
31After 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.
After being grilled and threatened by the Sanhedrin, Peter and John went to their fellow believers, related what had happened, then did the very thing they had been told not to do. Under the power and conviction of the Holy Spirit, “they spoke the word of God with boldness” [Acts 4:31 NKJV]. If you’re a knee-shaking, dry-mouthed, empty-minded witness for Christ, you can get the boldness you need to speak for Him just where Peter and John got it: from the Holy Spirit’s presence in your life. In your prayers today, as God to give you that fearlessness to speak for Him whenever the opportunity arises.
Dear God, how I’d like to be as bold and brave as Peter and John, willing to speak about You even under threat of death or imprisonment. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit, Lord, so that I can speak of You to my friends who don’t know You, to acquaintances who ask about You, to unsaved family members who wonder about You. Steady my knees and fill my mind and mouth with the words You would have me speak, Lord Jesus. Amen.