I’m trying to pray audacious prayers. Audacious is not a word that gets used every day. It implies a boldness that isn’t always appropriate. Dictionary.com uses such phrases as “recklessly brave” and “recklessly bold in defiance of convention, propriety, law, or the like.” That’s a lot of reckless. Anyone who knows me would not describe me as reckless, but wise mentors and hard situations in recent months have challenged me to pray reckless prayers. The truth is that audacious prayers are surprisingly difficult to pray. All kinds of fears and questions surface for me. What if I don’t see God answer? What if His answer is no? Is my faith strong enough to survive? Do I know for certain that my prayer is actually God’s will? What’s my part in the prayer being answered? Don’t I need to take some action too?
It’s not just praying that’s scary; it’s the surrender required as well. My Control Freak Personality finds surrender particularly difficult. I would rather live with the illusion that I have control over situations and can find solutions with the help of the Internet—and a little prayer for wisdom thrown in. I suspect that praying audaciously is less about His answer and more about the state of my heart. Praying reckless prayers humbles me, reminding me of my own great need and his great strength. In asking Him for big, impossible things, I hope for my dependence on Him to grow, my willingness to take risks for His kingdom to increase, and my intimacy with Him to deepen.
Max Lucado writes, “Boldness in prayer is an uncomfortable thought for many. We think of speaking softly to God, humbling ourselves before God, or having a chat with God… but agonizing before God? Storming Heaven with prayers? Pounding on the door of the Most High? Wrestling with God? Isn’t such prayer irreverent? Presumptuous?”
It may be presumptuous if God did not invite us to pray:
“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 times of need.” — Hebrews 4:16
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” — Proverbs 3:5-6
“Our relationship with God is exactly that, a relationship. His invitation is clear and simple: Come and talk with Me, O my people.” And our response? “Lord, I am coming.”— Psalm 27:8
We abide with Him, and He abides with us. He grants wisdom as we need it.
What do you need? What impossible situation have you been afraid to audaciously pray for? Let’s be recklessly, reverently bold as we come before our gracious Father in prayer and practice prayer before action.
Nancy is a NOLA girl and loves her city! Married to her best friend Bill for 28 years; they have 2 awesome kids along with their 100 pound Golden that is the center of attention! Nancy is an on- air host for LifeSongs Radio and thrives in the arena of using her voice to encourage others. Along with her love for the city, Nancy has a love for New Orleans cuisine. She enjoys visiting local eateries with her friends as they share dishes and wisdom. Nancy and her husband Bill serve together in their church and lead a marriage group in their home.