The church is under attack from the world. This has been the case since the birth of the church, and nothing has changed in the spirit realm since then. Even today, the church is besieged by the enemy. Just like in the past, the enemy is using human systems to silence the church from witnessing about who Jesus was and is.
From the very beginning of the church we read that religious leaders employed intimidation tactics against Peter and John to keep them silent and to prevent them from speaking about the Name of Jesus (Acts 4:17-18). When Peter and John returned to their company we find that they realised the believers needed the same thing we need today. The bible says they prayed and asked God “Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word” (Acts 4:29). We see that from the beginning the church asked God for boldness. The church’s need today is the same as it was then, more than anything we need boldness to speak in the name of Jesus. But the church then asked for something tangible that we are not asking for today. They asked that boldness will come to them by God stretching out His hand to heal and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Jesus: “by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus” (Acts 4:30). This should encourage us today because we see that God answered their prayer and if he did so then why wouldn’t He do the same today? If the church will pray for boldness to come by God stretching out His hand to heal, He will do it. This is a prayer according to His will, and if we pray according to His will we know that we will have what we have asked of Him. We know from the Word that the stretching out of God’s hand means the work of the Holy Spirit. Jesus said: “But if I cast out demons with the finger of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you” (Luke 11:20). When the apostle Paul asked for the church in Ephesus to pray for him he asked for the same thing. He asked: “and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel” (Ephesians 6:19).
The Holy Spirit is here in the church to give us boldness to speak of the mystery of Christ to all people, and not give in to the intimidations of those who do not want us to speak of the name of Jesus. The same Holy Spirit who was with the church then is with us now. When we take it upon ourselves to speak boldly the Holy Spirit will bear witness to his Word: “Therefore they stayed there a long time, speaking boldly in the Lord, who was bearing witness to the word of His grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands” (Acts 14:3).