A Prayer For BoldnessSeries: To the Ends of the Earth
I love what Amos says, two thirds through his prophecy to Israel: “I was no prophet, nor a prophet’s son, but I was a herdsman and a dresser of sycamore figs.” (Amos 7:14)
Amos is saying: “I’m not a prophet and I don’t know any prophets. I’m a shepherd and a farmer.” Yet, there he is, prophesying because God told him to. I imagine being a prophet came with a lot of anxiety. You had to deal with awkward situations. You put yourself in danger, faced rejection constantly—all for sharing the word of God. And, Amos essentially says, “I don’t have the gift for this. I have no clue what I am doing.”
Ever feel that way when it comes to evangelism, that you don’t have a clue what you are doing? Or maybe you are worried that sharing your faith with friends will cause some ruffled feathers? Join the crowd! The early Christians really didn’t know about this either, which is why they prayed. They prayed God would give them boldness as they continued to do what they felt uncomfortable doing. Have you prayed for boldness lately? Have you prayed God would help you get over your fear of rejection, the awkwardness of doing something you’re not really good at, so you can do what He is asking you to do? Pray. Pray for boldness.
And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness…