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.
Following Pentecost, the Holy Spirit was actively empowering and expanding the body of Christ. As opposition arose, the faithful turned to the Lord seeking even greater boldness and the assurance of his continued presence through a fresh infilling of the Holy Spirit.
The Greek word for “boldly” is parre¯sia, which means “boldness,” “openness,” “confidence.” It conveys the idea of freedom to speak openly or plainly, freely without hindrance.
Many in our day are speaking boldly, proclaiming ideologies from A to Z, but notice the disciples “spoke the word of God boldly.” Could it be that a fresh infilling of the Holy Spirit would bring an enablement to the body of Christ to boldly proclaim the powerful, redeeming, reconciling love of Christ to a world desperate for hope, help, and healing.
How would the Lord Jesus like to use each of us in these days of division, increased lawlessness, and tremendous need? We need a new Holy Spirit infilling, bringing freedom to openly share his word with confident boldness.
Lord Jesus, open our eyes and ears to see as you do. Create in our hearts a new hunger for intimacy with you and a fresh infilling of your Spirit, bringing freedom and boldness in sharing your love and good news.
Prayer Journal Reflections
What is the Holy Spirit saying to you today about the Lord’s protection, direction, and revelation for your life and the life of the church?
—Paul Hartley, District Superintendent, Alaska