Boldness vs. Blessing
Where did the early church get their boldness? They actually asked for it, instead of protection, provision, and blessing (Acts 4:29). Even in the face of threats and public humiliation. Our prayers reveal what we believe about God and our hearts priorities. Praying for protection and provision in the face of danger makes sense, unless God has commanded you to be witnesses and promised to be with you every step of the way (Matthew 28:19-20). Praying for protection and provision makes sense if your believe that God’s goal for your life is happiness, safety, and peace instead of holiness and fruitfulness (1 Thess. 4:3-8, John 15:16). I thank God for his protection and provision in my life, but I hope I have the kind of faith that seeks boldness and courage when its threatened.