Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. - Hebrews 4:16
Today's verse startled me when I first read it.
How can someone like me step into God's presence boldly?
He is the Creator, God Almighty, the Great I Am.
Thankfully, God began to walk me through the scriptures, revealing to me that He is also my loving Heavenly Father.
Then it hit me.
As I began to understand my relationship with God and started to see myself as His child, my prayers became more powerful.
My prayers began to be filled with more faith, and they were being led more by the Holy Spirit.
I effortlessly became more bold and confident when I prayed because I knew that God loved me far more than I realized.
In Luke 11, Jesus told a story to His disciples right after He taught them what we know as the "Lord's Prayer."
Suffice it to say that He was using the story to add more context to His lesson on prayer.
Jesus said: "And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves; for a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him? And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee. I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth." (Luke 11:5-8)
We can see from the story that the man who had a request received help.
He needed bread, and because he was a friend, he insisted on asking until he got it.
All things being equal, only with a friend would we persist at that level because friendship makes us bold.
But we know that God considers us much more than a friend.
He is our Father, and we are His child.
We are family.
So when we step into God's presence to pray, we have a much closer relationship with Him.
Unlike the friend that was called upon in the scripture above, God would never say that we're troubling Him and try to turn us away.
We can learn from Jesus' lesson that if a friend will help, how much more willingly would our Father, who loves us with an everlasting love, attend to the requests of His children?
And the more we progress in the revelation of our relationship with God and how much He loves us, the bolder we become.
The more confident we become as we approach Him in prayer.
The more our love for our Father increases, the closer our relationship becomes.
We find that our ability to persevere and keep believing that the answers to our prayers are coming grows no matter what our circumstances may look like.
Because we know that God is our Father and we are His child.
He loves us far more than we could ever know in this lifetime and is faithful to answer our prayers.
The more we really know this, the more this love roots in our hearts, and the longer we can stand in faith and patience.
We persevere in prayer.
We trust God.
Boldness and confidence rise up like a mighty shield against doubt and unbelief.
We know God is our Father and won't disappoint us.
He loves us so much and will send His answer to our prayers.
We know that we know.
We're bold about it.
We're confident about it.
Where others give up and quit, we press on.
As a result, we get closer to God and see more answered prayers.
If this resonates with you, here's a short prayer you can say today:
"Dear God, I thank You that I can come before You with boldness and confidence because You love me. I trust in Your promise that when I seek You in prayer, You will answer me. Help me to be bold in my requests, knowing that You are a faithful and loving Father who desires to hear and answer my prayers. Amen."
God bless you!
Your brother in Christ,
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TODAY'S DAILY PRAYERS
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Are we approaching prayer with boldness and assurance?
We must consider our approach to prayer and reflect on whether we come before God with confidence, knowing that He hears and answers prayers. Confidence in prayer is based on the belief that God is a loving and responsive Father.
Do we align our prayers with God's will?
It is important to consider if our prayers are aligned with God's will as revealed in Scripture. Confidence in prayer will increase if we pray according to God's principles and desires. We must seek to understand His will by regularly studying the Bible and asking the Holy Spirit to teach us about what we are reading.
Is fear hindering our confidence in prayer?
An evaluation should be conducted to determine if fear, doubt, or insecurity is inhibiting boldness in our prayer life. Our confidence can be strengthened through trust in God's character and promises. Any fears or doubts that may be undermining a bold approach to our prayers should be identified and addressed.
Do we persistently and boldly seek God's face?
We must evaluate the regularity and determination of our prayer practice. Boldness often requires perseverance. Are we consistently seeking a connection with God, trusting that He listens and will respond in His perfect timing? We need to spend time in His Word and with His Holy Spirit every day and allow the revelation of how much He loves us to grow in our hearts.
Are we open to God's guidance and correction?
Boldness in prayer involves aligning our hearts with God's purposes rather than demanding our desires. It is important for us to open ourselves up to God's guidance and correction. Confidence in prayer develops as we surrender ourselves and trust in God's wisdom and guidance to show us the way He wants us to go.
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For [God] has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.