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
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.
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
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