“Bold prayers honor God, and God honors bold prayers. If your prayers aren’t impossible to you, they are insulting to God.”
I found a t-shirt in the laundry bin I didn’t recognize the other day. I’d like to say that is unusual, but, not in our home.
Later, when my twenty-one-old daughter came into the kitchen, she said, “Mom I got a really cool t-shirt last night. I was hanging with Abby and the gang (old high school friends) and Jason said, ‘this t-shirt reminds me so much of you, Mc. Always going 100 miles an hour ever since I’ve known you.’ So I said, ‘If it is so me, then I should have it. Give me the shirt, Jason.’”
So, Jason went home shirtless.
I think it was because of that conversation that later, during my devotion time, these words hit with a little more impact: “I am a God who heals. I heal broken bodies, broken minds, broken hearts, broken lives, and broken relationships. You cannot live close to Me without experiencing some degree of healing. However, it is also true that you have not because you ask not…there is more—much more—available to those who ask.” (Sarah Young, Jesus Calling; James 4:2)
So I wondered, “Am I as bold as my daughter in asking for what I want when I approach the throne of grace in prayer?” (Hebrews 4:16)
What do you need from God that you are not asking for as well dear friend?
God has chosen prayer as the channel of his blessings. So we need to pray. And we need to pray boldly.
Matthew 20:29-34 tells of the story of two blind men who shouted, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” The crowd became irritated with them and told them to be quiet, but they shouted even louder. Then Jesus stopped and asked them, “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus forced them to define exactly what they wanted from him, even though he and everyone else knew what they needed. Jesus made them verbalize their desire and their faith.
I have been around people who have said, “I probably should pray about it, but I think God has more important things to do.” Have you ever heard anyone say that? Have you ever felt that way? That in this big world with millions of people, you and your requests don’t quite make God’s top ten on his “to-do” list.
What can inspire us to pray bold prayers?
I think it starts by knowing God intimately and by realizing how much God loves you; God made you, loved you to the point of death, and wants to work through you, for your fulfillment and for his glory. From the beginning of creation, God has sought to commune and have relationship with us.
Mark Batterson, pastor and author of the New York Times bestseller, The Circle Maker, says, “It is absolutely imperative that you come to terms with this simple yet life-changing truth: God is for you. If you don’t believe that, then you’ll pray small timid prayers; if you do believe it, then you’ll pray big audacious prayers… There is nothing God loves more than keeping promises, answering prayers, performing miracles, and fulfilling dreams. That is who He is. That is what He does.”