The root of courage

1 Corinthians 2:1-5

2 And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God.[a] 2 For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3 I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. 4 My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, 5 so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.

Ephesians 6:19-20

19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.

Maybe this has happened to you. An opportunity to talk to someone about Christ presents itself, and you freeze. You aren’t sure what to say and you’re scared to speak. Afterward, you felt like something was wrong with you. Certainly strong Christians don’t struggle with sharing their faith the way you do. Or do they?

Paul experienced the same fears that we do. That’s one reason he enlisted others to pray for him. We would be wise to follow his example.

We have at least two needs as we seek to be ambassadors for Christ to others. First, we need God to give us the words to share the gospel in a clear and relevant manner. Second, we need him to supply the courage to share it. Courage doesn’t mean the absence of fear. Courage is the strength to act despite our fears. If Paul needed prayer for boldness, so do we.

For whom are you currently praying? Who is praying for you right now?



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