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Reckless and Audacious Prayer

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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.

5 thoughts on “Reckless and Audacious Prayer”

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    An awesome truth that we all who have read has been blessed by. All glory and honor are yours Heavenly Father and Holy Spirit. Bless the author and may she continue to yield and I pray she is continuously filled with your goodness and grace in His name.

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    I do pray boldly and continually about many of the same things daily because He even gave examples of crying out and repeatingly asking and I believe God sees our urgency and sincerity when we do this. I had a conversation today with someone about how, on a specific present issue, I had been giving God suggestions about how to handle this issue, as if He needed suggestions lol. I didnt think it was silly at the time, but He confirmed to my spirit recently that He doesn’t need my suggestions. He just needs me to lay it at His feet and to trust His timing and His ways completely.
    For me recklessly is not how I approach God but perhaps reckless abandon is something to consider. Throwing our hands up and saying I can’t figure out how to fix this Lord. It’s Yours. All yours because You are the only hope.
    And just for clarification, it is not related to my health or my sweet husband.

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    Kay Caillouet

    Love this … reminds me that when I put forth prayer first in my daily routine, I do abide in Him more… everything is better! Wish I had known this as a young Christian!

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