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For many years my prayer life was very sporadic and random. I would just say whatever or whoever came to mind. I prayed mostly when I needed something or something was not going well in my life. Over the past few years I have learned more about prayer and how to have an effective prayer life. Not a prayer life where I was just getting what I want, but a prayer life that was bold. Prayer is more than just bringing our list of wants to God; it’s communication with God, it’s warfare against our enemy, it’s intercession for others., it’s declarations of God’s promises. We can approach the throne of God with boldness in our prayers because we are sons and daughters. We have been given permission to approach His throne through our salvation. How does one pray boldly?
Bold Prayer is trust in God
Ephesians 3:20 “Now to Him _________ ___ _______ to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.”
“Beware in your prayers, above everything else, of limiting God, not only by unbelief, but by fancying that you know what He can do.” -Andrew Murray
Boldness in our prayer life is dependent on believing that God can do what He says He can do. Standing firm on the promises of God. Faith and prayer go hand in hand. Why pray for something if you don’t believe God can or will do it? When we pray boldly, part of the boldness is the belief that God is going to or can do what you are asking of Him.
What do the following verses say about faith and trust in God?
- Matthew 21:22
- Hebrews 11:1
- Mark 11:24
- Romans 8:28
God is able to move mountains, heal the sick, mend a marriage, create life, give sight to the blind, heal addiction, etc. Whatever you are asking God for, believe God will do it.
2 Corinthians 9:8 “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.”
Bold Prayer is surrender to God
Bold prayer is surrendering our will to the will of God. As our prayer life strengthens something begins to change inside of us. We begin wanting the things God wants knowing that His ways are better than our own.
Jesus, in the garden of Gethsemane before His arrest, gives us a beautiful example of praying for God’s will instead of his own. He requested 3 times for “this cup to pass” from Him, but finished by saying “but not as I will, but as you will” (Matthew 26:36-46).
What does scripture say about knowing and applying God’s will? Read the following verses and fill in the blanks.
- Read Romans 12:2 and fill in the blanks: Do not _____________ to the patterns of this world, but be _____________ by the renewing of your mind, that by testing you may be discern what is the________ of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
- Read Matthew 6:33 and fill in the blank: But seek _______ the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
- Read 1 John 5:14 and fill in the blank: This is the confidence you have in approaching God: that if you ask anything according to His will, He _______ you.
A few things to remember when praying boldly:
- Be strategic with your prayers. Have a plan. Set aside certain prayers for certain days. Have scripture picked out to pray over each specific need.
- Get in a quiet place where you can focus on God
- Pray with perseverance. Don’t give up on prayer. God has His ways and His timing, which are always perfect. (Read Luke 18:1-5)
Ephesians 6:18-20 “Praying at all times in the spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To the end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare boldly, as I ought to speak.”
Mandy Edwards is a Christian, wife and mother. At the age of 17, Mandy felt the Lord leading her into ministry, and followed that calling into marriage and family counseling. She has a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and a great passion to see marriages and families become all God created them to be. After several years of working as a counselor with adolescents, adults and families, Mandy and her husband were obedient to God’s calling for Mandy to stay home with their daughter – a beautiful gift from above! Mandy continues to seek and follow God’s plan as he takes her down new avenues to minister to others. Craving God Ministries is an outlet that enables Mandy to utilize her education and experience to reach women and families to reach their full potential towards the Kingdom of God.