Jesus said to the disciples, "And I tell you, everyone
who acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man also will acknowledge before
the angels of God; but whoever denies me before others will be denied before
the angels of God. And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will
be forgiven; but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.
When they bring you before the synagogues, the rulers, and the authorities, do
not worry about how you are to defend yourselves or what you are to say; for
the Holy Spirit will teach you at that very hour what you ought to say."
How has fear alienated and disabled me?
Can I pray that Jesus plants in me his spirit of courage so
that I may speak clearly and confidently to others about his word?