But in order that it may not spread further among the people and the nation, let us warn and forbid them with a stern threat to speak any more to anyone in this name [or about this Person]. [So] they summoned them and imperatively instructed them not to converse in any way or teach at all in or about the name of Jesus.” Acts 4:17-18 AMP
For us to really understand what really happened before the threats came, please read Acts 3 and 4 completely.
In Acts chapter 3:6 the Lord God Almighty used Apostle Peter to bring healing to a blind man at the gate of beautiful in the name of Jesus. So after this notable miracle, they were threatened not to preach in that name or use it anymore. In other words, they were intimidated.
Peter directed his gaze intently at him, and so did John, and said, Look at us! And [the man] paid attention to them, expecting that he was going to get something from them. But Peter said, Silver and gold (money) I do not have; but what I do have, that I give to you: in [the use of] the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk! Then he took hold of the man’s right hand with a firm grip and raised him up. And at once his feet and ankle bones became strong and steady, And leaping forth he stood and began to walk, and he went into the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. And all the people saw him walking about and praising God, And they recognized him as the man who usually sat [begging] for alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and amazement (bewilderment, consternation) over what had occurred to him.” Acts 3:4-10 AMP
So after this miracle, intimidation came. They were afraid and filled with fear. And they went to a company of believers and began to pray in the spirit with help of the Holy Spirit asking God Almighty to honour the name of His Holy Child Jesus with signs and wonders.
And now, Lord, observe their threats and grant to Your bond servants [full freedom] to declare Your message fearlessly, While You stretch out Your hand to cure and to perform signs and wonders through the authority and by the power of the name of Your holy Child and Servant Jesus. And when they had prayed, the place in which they were assembled was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they continued to speak the Word of God with freedom and boldness and courage.” Acts 4:29-31 AMP
They received boldness to confront the same devil they were afraid of and to keep on destroying his (satan) work and also empty his (satan) kingdom and bringing many people to the kingdom of God Almighty.
Whenever we have a sense of intimidation or fear around us, it does not matter the circumstance, God Almighty wants us to pray in the spirit with the help of the Holy Spirit. Intimidation or fear is like a virus that can keep you bound for years and can spread to others because of one person if not confronted
Today face every fear or intimidation in your life by praying in the spirit with the help of the Holy Spirit in Jesus Christ mighty name.
Let’s pray together:
Heavenly Father I thank you for your word. Grant me boldness today to face every fear or satanic intimidations in my life as I pray in the spirit with the help of the Holy Spirit. Thank you Abba for granting me the victory over intimidation in Jesus Christ mighty name. Amen.