When persecution threatened the early church, disciples of Jesus prayed. After the release of apostles Peter and John after their arrest and their having been ordered to cease preaching Jesus, they led the Jerusalem church in a prayer for boldness. When John’s brother James was executed and Peter imprisoned, disciples met in a private home to pray. When the apostle Paul met with elders from the church in Ephesus before returning to a hostile Jerusalem, he led them in prayer, and when he wrote the church from which the elders came to “put on the armor of God,” he urged them to incorporate persistent prayer into their defensive apparel. As scholar Walter Grundmann noted in his comment on that passage in Ephesians 6, “Prayer is not just a pious exercise. It is serious work. It is part of the battle of our spiritual warfare (TDNT 3:620). So when opposition arises, Christians must neither cower nor slander, but pray boldly in community for fearlessness in proclaiming Christ with truth and love through word and life.