A Case for Boldness in Your Prayer Life
the door. When God tarries long in answering our prayer we figure He is not
interested, or maybe He is just sick of hearing about this thing we bring up
every day. We conclude that God knows about our need or desire so there is no point
in continuing to pray about it so we move on in prayer- but not in heart.
in the Bible, and 8 of “hear me.” This is important because it is
clear that many of the Old Testament writers were very, very bold as they
pray. In the morning, O LORD, You will hear my voice; In the morning I will
order my prayer to You and eagerly watch. Psalm 5:1-3 (NASB)
A sojourner like all my fathers.” Psalm 39:12 (NASB)
God to “listen up!” and pay attention. His prayers are vehement,
fervent, and bold. His earnestness to have God listen to his petitions comes
to speak to the God who stores the lightning bolts so boldly? Are you bold in
your prayer life? Hebrews 4:16 tells to come boldly to the throne of grace!
to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in
time of need. Hebrews 4:16 (NASB)
to fear God or His wrath. Thanks be to the Lord Jesus Christ, we now have fellowship
with God (1 John 1:3)! We can come boldly because grace and mercy assures us
that we will never suffer the penalty for our sins, and because we are now the
children of God (Ephesians 1:5)!
in the beloved (Ephesians 1:6). When we pray, we can have a real conversation with
God. Bringing our problems, cares,
concerns, and praises before the King of the Universe! We can relentlessly storm
the gates of heaven! We can constantly pray that God would answer our prayers,
and that His answers will glorify Himself.
accomplish His ends. As we pray, we are participating in the process as God
carries out His will in our lives and those we are praying for. When the
answers come, we can rejoice that we played a part in the workings of God.
dependence upon the Lord. There is something humbling about admitting our needs
before God. It involves understanding and acknowledging we need the help and intervention of someone
greater than ourselves.
obedience. Jesus prayed daily, and we are to imitate Him. He did not say,
“If you pray” He said “when you pray.” Jesus prayed even
though He was omniscient (all-knowing)! Surely, if He being in very nature God
spent hours praying, we fallible humans ought to devote time to the exercise
life, take some time and read through Luke 11. Consider the implications of the text, and be
encouraged! Above all, keep on asking!