Are you following Jesus’ teaching by praying with “shameless audacity”?

Consider the fact that Jesus never taught His disciples how to preach, but He repeatedly taught them—by example and word—how to pray.

In one of His prayer lessons described in Luke 11, Jesus used the example of the man who goes to his friend’s house at midnight to borrow some bread. Understandably, the friend is in bed and doesn’t want to be disturbed from his slumber. But the man at the door refuses to take no for an answer! He keeps knocking.

Then Jesus says something amazing: “I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity he will surely get up and give you as much as you need.” (Luke 11:8) Consistent with this exhortation, Jesus continues this theme by encouraging us to ask, seek and knock (and keep doing these actions), fully believing that we will truly receive, find and have the door opened to us.

Is Jesus really saying we should pray to our all-loving, all-knowing, all-powerful Heavenly Father with “shameless audacity”? Yes! But, why might this be?

Because God always reserves the right to test us to see if we REALLY have faith in His goodness and faithfulness and love. You see, if we simply pray once and walk away empty, shrugging our shoulders, we are telling God that we really don’t trust Him. Our faith is weak, if it exists at all. Also, bear in mind that our Father loves to hear from His kids! And, we need to trust in His sovereignty, that His timing is best and that He knows what we need and when to deliver the answers we seek.

Bottom line: If what we are praying for meets three tests: (1) it is consistent with the Word of God; (2) the answer to our prayer will give glory to God; and (3) the Holy Spirit is prompting us to pray this particular prayer, then we should keep on praying with expectant faith until He specifically answers.

One prayer that definitely meets all three of these tests is when we pray for God to pour out His Spirit on West Michigan in power, reviving His Church and bringing, in His sovereignty, a mighty spiritual awakening to our region for His glory and the salvation of thousands.

Will you join us in praying for this? And, along the way, would you commit to praying for the prayer requests listed below?

CityFest Prayer Chairs,
Randy Hekman and Mary Sterenberg
Prayer Requests:

  1. Pray for Luis Palau, his family, and his health. For more information, click HERE.
  2. Pray for the growing army of intercessors to sign up and be counted and connected. New prayer team members can sign up by clicking HERE.
  3. Pray for a growing love in the Church of Jesus Christ. To know God’s love for ourselves, those in the Church, and those who are yet outside of the Church.
  4. Pray for God to break our heart for what breaks His heart, and specifically for who He wants to bring into His growing family.
  5. Pray for the CityFest staff: Levi Park, Duffy Johnson, Melissa Banek, Austin Presnell, Dan Clark, Sarah Brittan and Rachel Kono.
  6. Pray for the the March 1st events: RE:NEW and the Pastors and Leaders Conference.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS. All events begin at 7:00 pm.

  • February 1 -- CityWide Prayer Gathering at Blythefield Hills Baptist Church. CLICK for directions.
  • February 20 -- Prayer Equipping Evening at Gold Avenue Church. CLICK for directions.
  • March 1 -- RE:NEW with Andrew Palau, Francis Chan and Phil Wickham. CLICK for details.
  • March 20 -- Prayer Equipping Evening at Gold Avenue Church. CLICK for directions.
  • April 5 -- CityWide Prayer Gathering at Christ Memorial Church in Holland. CLICK for directions.
  • April 17 -- Prayer Equipping Evening at Gold Avenue Church. CLICK for directions.
  • May 3 -- National Day of Prayer. Details to be announced later.
  • May 15 -- Prayer Equipping Evening at Gold Avenue Church. CLICK for directions.