While finishing the writing portion of my sermon prep, I took time to recalibrate my prayer life around the reality of these two verses:
1John 5:14 ~ And this is the boldness we have in him,
that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.
Hebrews 7:24-25 ~ Because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood.
Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him,
because he always lives to intercede for them.
Jesus hears our prayers and lives to intercede for us. Moreover, faith isn’t measured by how God answers our prayers but by belief in Jesus who is able to save those who boldly come to the Father through the Son.
I think I will start simplifying my prayers by being more specific with my requests. I have decided that often I am too polite. Jesus understands the boldness we have in him, so why not pray bold prayers?
What keeps you from praying boldly?
That’s right – be bold! BTW, how is the sermon coming?