My favorite prayer is in Acts 4:24-30, prayed by the disciples and apostles after Peter and John were arrested by the Sanhedrin for healing the cripple who was customarily laid at the Temple gate. My favorite part is verses 27-30, especially verse 29: “And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants that with all boldness they may speak thy word.”
No wonder why the place was shaken. I’m shaken every time I read it. I wish our brethren would cease from their “said” prayers and pray the same way these brothers did. They didn’t pray for the persecution to stop. They didn’t pray for more money or for more church growth. They prayed for BOLDNESS to preach God’s word.
Perhaps if we boldly preached the word like they did, we wouldn’t have to be so concerned about growth: it would come anyway.