I recently listened to a sermon on boldness, which I hope continues to transform our prayers and beliefs for a miracle. I loved the topic of boldness, because as previously mentioned in my last post, my friend Erin really taught me what it meant to declare scripture over our situation and ask God for big things.
- beyond the usual limits of conventional thought or action;imaginative
- not hesitating or fearful
- necessitating courage and daring
On their release, Peter and John went back to their own people and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said to them. When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God. “Sovereign Lord,” they said, “you made the heaven and the earth and the sea, and everything in them. You spoke by the Holy Spirit…Indeed Herod and Pontius Pilate met together with the Gentiles and the people of Israel in this city to conspire against your holy servant Jesus,whom you anointed.They did what your power and will had decided beforehand should happen. Now,Lord,consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness.Stretch out your hand to heal and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.Acts 4:23-25,27-31
The Believers’ in this passage prayed boldly. They started off by praising God. They did not ask God to remove their problem, but to help them deal with it. They believed, which built in them a behavior of boldness. It takes boldness to press on through our fears and do what is right. The passage ends with the place being shaken and the word of God spoken boldly!
What you pray for reflects what you believe about God
Some people might not pray at all because they don’t believe prayers will be answered. Some people just pray for themselves, thinking God lives for them. Or, some people use prayer as a last resort as I’m sure everyone has heard this statement, “well I guess we have tried everything else, all we can do is pray now.”
What if we (including me) all prayed bold prayers? Prayers for restored marriages. Healing from infertility. Friends and family members to know Christ. Orphans to be loved and adopted. So many prayers we pray are little prayers. “Thank you for this day, please be with us.” Or, “Thank you for this day, please keep us safe.”
Join me in praying boldly! Don’t know how? Ask the holy spirit to give you courage for boldness. Stop praying for little things, pray for big things. Our big thing is complete healing over our bodies. We believe our God will answer, when we pray boldly.