Friday, July 11, 2008

Please, no more wimpy prayers

Too often, I think we pray from a place of timidity instead of boldness. You know what I’m talking about… we casually throw out a couple minutes of prayer where we ask God to deliver us from a habitual sin or to heal us physically, but instead of persisting until we get an answer, we prematurely jump back into the rat-race of life, and at some point look back wondering why nothing happened. It is really the equivalent of softly tapping once on someone’s door, assuming they're not home, and then walking away. Does this mean that God requires long prayers? No, but He does seem to honor boldness. Check this out:
5Then he said to them, "Suppose one of you has a friend, and he goes to him at midnight and says, 'Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, 6because a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have nothing to set before him.' 7"Then the one inside answers, 'Don't bother me. The door is already locked, and my children are with me in bed. I can't get up and give you anything.' 8I tell you, though he will not get up and give him the bread because he is his friend, yet because of the man's boldness he will get up and give him as much as he needs. 9"So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. - Luke 11:5-10
Notice that this passage is smack dab in the middle of Jesus teaching specifically about prayer. In other words, Jesus is trying to tell us something about prayer. Why did the man get out of bed to answer the door and give his friend what he needed? Was it simply because of their relationship? No! It was because of the person’s boldness to knock and to keep on knocking. I submit that we need to go courageously before the throne of grace; we need to knock on the door of heaven with a heavy hand, we need to continue asking without timidity, we need to pray with boldness.

With all of this said, let’s remember what our prayers should look like. Jesus just got done presenting “The Lord’s Prayer” to His disciples. He outlined what we should include in our prayers and what we shouldn’t. Praying boldly for things that do not line up with the kingdom of God won’t amount to much, but praying boldly for the things that touch the heart of God and are according to His will is a formula for miracles and answers.

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