Be Bold in your Prayers
"If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer" -Matthew 21:22
Have you ever had something laid on your heart by the Lord? You suddenly have a desire to open that business or to finally save to own your own home. You try to pray for God to help to you bring these things to pass, but then doubt sets in.
"I don't deserve that."
"I'm not worthy of that blessing."
"I want to ask God to help me, but I said a cuss word today" or
"I was sharp with someone when I didn't mean to be. God isn't going to bless me after that." It seems so easy to become discouraged, so easy to think less of ourselves, that we forget how many times the bible reassures us:
"Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; but only say the word and my servant will be healed." (Matthew 8:8)
Because the truth is we aren't worthy. We are imperfect. We sin even though we try to do good. We never quite live up to the standards set for us by Jesus, but there in lies the beauty of the holy spirit. We don't have to be perfect for God to still do big things in our lives. We are not worthy, and yet he still hears us and grants us our prayers. We are flawed, yet he still stands by us and helps us to achieve great things.
There are countless times in the bible where those who though unworthy, are granted great blessings because of their faith. They prayed bold prayers because they had faith that the Lord would bless them. Not because they are worthy, but because of God's love for those who have faith in him. What are you hoping for in your life? Have you asked God to help you? Have you asked Him to bring it to pass?
The scripture tells us to leave everything in the Lords hands:
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." -Philippians 4:6
It says again in Matthew 7:7-8 "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened."
It goes on to say in verse nine through eleven,
"Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!"
You see, he's not saying "If you give up all your possessions and spend every minute of your day devoting yourself to being the perfect human being, then, I will grant your prayer," but rather he says "If you then, though you are evil."
This isn't to say that you shouldn't of course try to follow the example of Christ, but instead that God knows that our flesh is innately evil, and that no matter how much we try to be good we will still fall short. However, like the love we have for our children he loves us anyhow, despite our flaws. He wants to bless you, he is simply waiting for you to have enough faith in him to ask. He is waiting for you to have enough faith in him to give him your boldest prayers, and to leave them in his hands.
If you've noticed by this post, the book of Matthew is one of my favorite books to read when I need reassurance to continue to be bold in prayer, to continue to come to the Lord with my petitions. As you read on through chapter nine, you read story after story of Jesus healing and granting prayers, not because the individuals were without imperfection but because of their faith in him to bless them. My favorite of all these, the one which I have taped on a piece of paper next to my desk is this in Matthew 17:20 where Jesus says: "I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you."
Trust God with your mountains.
I challenge you today. Meditate and listen to what God has put in your heart. Go to him in prayer and give him all your hopes, your dreams, your greatest wishes. Say to him, "Lord God, I know that I am not worthy, that I am imperfect. Thank you for your unfailing love and protection. Lord God, I have faith that you can do all things.. " Then ask him to move the mountains you need to help with in your life. All he wants is your faith, your willingness to come to him and to leave it in his hands.
May the Lord bless you and keep you safe. In Christ,
Woman of Animity