Dare to Pray Boldly
Max Lucado writes in his Daily Devotional:
“When Martin Luther’s co-worker became ill, the reformer prayed boldly for healing. “I besought the Almighty with great vigor,” he wrote.”
“As John Wesley was crossing the Atlantic Ocean, contrary winds came up. And when he learned the winds were knocking the ship off course, he responded in prayer. “Almighty and everlasting God…command these winds and these waves that they obey thee, and take us speedily and safely to the haven whither we would go.”
“Boldness in prayer is an uncomfortable thought for many. Storming the heavens with prayers? God has invited us to pray as such! Scripture says, “So let us come boldly to the very throne of God and stay there to receive his mercy and to find grace to help us in our time of need” (Hebrews 4:16). Dare to pray boldly!”
Some of the Bible translations use the word “bold” and others use “confidence”. Here are two thoughts from commentaries:
“We are not to cower anxiously before His magnificent presence. Rather, we are encouraged to come to Him and to keep on coming to His throne, without fear or doubt. We are to come to Him freely, constantly, ceaselessly, and persistently.”
“Now boldly is a somewhat incongruous word; it neither conveys the original, nor does it correspond to our sense of propriety. The thought would be far more beautiful and far more naturally represented by a more literal translation - ‘Let us come with frank confidence’ to the throne of grace. The word literally means, if we go to the etymology of it, speaking everything. You can easily understand how naturally that becomes an expression for the unembarrassed, unrestrained full out-pouring of a heart. You cannot pour out your heart in the fullest confidence to a person you do not respect, but if you get with someone you entirely trust, how swiftly the words flow. and how very easy it is to tell out the whole heart. Just so with this great word of the writer of this Epistle, descriptive of the temper and disposition with which men are to go to God - with confidence, full, cheerful, and unembarrassed, and which expresses itself in full trust, exactly as one of the old Psalms says - ‘Ye people, pour out your heart before Him.’”
Based on the happenings in our world today we do need to approach God often with boldness and confidence. This does not mean we are disrespectful or have to cower either but to tell Him what is on our hearts. Read carefully: Philippians 4:6-7
English Standard Version
“6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ.”
As you talk to God, remember you can take everything to Him. Always give Him the praise and thanks He deserves!
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