Ask in Boldness
“Then the one inside answers, ‘Don't bother me. The door is already locked, and my children are with me in bed. I can't get up and give you anything.’ I tell you, though he will not get up and give him the bread because he is his friend, yet because of the man's boldness he will get up and give him as much as he needs.” (Luke 11:7-8, NIV)
To fully grasp the meaning of this passage, you must read Luke 11: 5 where we’re told the man knocks on the door at midnight. It’s significant that the timing of the visit and the request come when everyone in the house is asleep! Jesus tells us the man’s boldness of coming and requesting aid at midnight motivates the neighbor to get up and help.
As a Christian, do you come before the Lord and express your needs in boldness? Early in our marriage, Karen and I realized that we were timid and holding back in our prayer life. We were not praying or asking God in boldness and trusting Him for the outcome. We were going before God meekly with small prayers asking for “just enough.” We failed to ask and trust God to bless us with “more than enough,” so that we might be a blessing to others. As we studied God’s Word and came to a deeper understanding of God’s nature and His promises, we changed our prayer life. We began to come before God with bold prayer requests. We realized that it was impossible for us to help others if we lived and operated in a place of lack and insufficiency. We did not ask for more for ourselves, but more for the kingdom. Believing God would grant our prayers, we stepped out in faith and increased our level of giving and helping others.
Child of God, are you praying and asking in boldness? I encourage you to trust Jesus and go to Him with a clean and pure heart. Ask in boldness with confidence and expectant hope. Watch as God opens the door and supernaturally provides more that you can ask or think!
Father, thank you for your love and provision. Jesus, you know my needs even before
I ask. Teach me to come boldly and confidently before your throne, expecting answers
to my prayers. Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray, amen.