How to Pray Boldly
So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.
Hebrews 4:16 NLT
Life is full of battles that would be impossible to conquer without God’s provision. It is vital that we take note of the way we are instructed to approach His throne in those times of need. Hebrews 4 tells us to come boldly—meaning to be confident, courageous, forward, strong, and firm.
There is a big difference between wishing to receive something from God and being determined to receive. Determination brings forth bold prayers of passionate conviction. Wishing leads to shallow and unspecific prayers that are timid, hesitant, and bashful—encompassing the complete opposite of boldness.
To have a better understanding of how to pray boldly with determination, let’s take a closer look at the perfect prayer Jesus gives us in Matthew 6:9-13:
- Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name: Prayer begins by connecting with God relationally as we acknowledge who He is and worship His name. We can come to the throne with confidence when we understand the love and power of the One we are approaching.
- Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven: It is crucial to remember to keep God’s will at the forefront of our desires. We will see prayers come to pass when we have a Kingdom mindset and align our hearts with God’s.
- Give us today our daily bread: God invites us to come to Him with confidence, strength, and firmness to receive our needs from Him. But as our good Father, He also delights in providing the wants beyond our needs. Cry out for the things you desire and if they line up with His perfect will, you can trust Him for the answer.
- And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors: Prayer is a time to assess the condition of our hearts with God and other people. We must always stay clear of offense and bitterness so that we do not miss out on His promises for our lives. God will forgive us of our shortcomings when we are first willing to forgive others.
- And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one: If we are not engaging in spiritual warfare, then the enemy has the upper hand in our trials. If we want to conquer darkness, we must use our God given authority to speak life directly to our problems.
Approaching God through prayer is more than reciting memorized words. It’s the bold heart cry behind the words that matters. Let’s press in with determination and maximize our prayer lives so we can receive His grace and mercy when we need it most.