Don't rush past this and miss it. Persecution has led to growth, because the believers have carried on boldly proclaiming the gospel, they refuse to be silenced. That is often not the way we think, we assume that persecution will damage the gospel when Acts, and history, often tells the opposite story. Maybe this should make us think carefully about what we pray for when persecution comes?
God is sovereign and the gospel is great news. We must pray that we hold firmly to those convictions when we face opposition or persecution. We must pray the same for our brothers and sisters who live daily under the threat of persecution. And when persecution comes not panic as if it threatens God's purpose and his kingdom.
Why not pray now for those in persecution and for yourself that these convictions would so grip your heart that you can stand.