Prayer for Boldness
And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.
“I pray like there’s a God in heaven who hears me when I pray and who answers me when I call on Him. You know why? Because there is a God in heaven who hears me when I pray and who answers me when I call on Him.”
-Susie Larson, Your Powerful Prayers
I want to gather with other believers whose prayers are building shaking prayers!
I call that the boldness of belief!
In these days when the gospel needs to be heralded like never before, timidity in prayer has no place.
I’ve actually heard women pray such prayers. The sounds of women, lifting up the name of Jesus, rang through the halls of our gathering place. My ears strained to hear them as I was trying not to be disrespectful to the teacher who was also bringing a good Bible lesson. I wanted so badly to join them, but was physically firmly planted.
What gave them that boldness and confidence?
What was it that gave them that Acts 4 authority?
It was the Holy Spirit, abiding in God, purity of heart, and community.
I’ve taken some cues from those women in my personal prayer time.
- It’s the privilege as God’s child to come my Father
- Be fully persuaded in God’s ability and willingness to hear my prayers
- Come with a clean heart
- Finding out the will of God by reading His Word
- Pray God’s word as prayers back to Him
- Stand in faith
- View God from His capabilities, not my limited understanding
- There’s freedom in releasing my concerns to God
- God is a big God
I believe that boldness in prayer comes with practice. The more we learn about the ways of God and the more we experience answered prayers, we develop the strength through faith.
For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
2 Timothy 1:7
We can be bold in our prayers. We’ve been empowered by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but your received the Spirit of adoption y whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God. Romans 8:14-16
Father, we pray for boldness to rise up in us when we pray. As we read about the Disciples in Acts and how their very prayers shook the building, may we yearn for that kind of influence in the world around us! In Jesus’ Name. Amen.