PRAY AUDACIOUSLY – How will you pray?
How will you pray?
- extremely bold or daring; recklessly brave; fearless: an audacious explorer.
- lively; unrestrained; uninhibited: an audacious interpretation of her role.
3 And they said to me, “The remnant there in the province who had survived the exile is in great trouble and shame. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates are destroyed by fire.” 4 As soon as I heard these words I sat down and wept and mourned for days, and I continued fasting and praying before the God of heaven. —Nehemiah 1:3-4
We have all at some point in life done something we thought was audacious, something that, at least for us, was quite bold. It doesn’t matter what it was and it doesn’t matter what it looks like compared to what others may have done. For us, it was daring. And our reaction to it now may be different than it was then.
If we were to look at the life of someone that was, say, an explorer, we might classify their life as “audacious,” or fearless, for they were people that traversed new lands, discovered new territory, explored the unknown. But so often for us, we only see the lives of others in such a way, whether that is through story, through social media, or just through misconception.
Nehemiah’s reaction to the destroyed wall was audacious. Why? Consider for a moment the hundreds of years that had passed when no one else had felt in such a way as he did. He gets to a point where he realizes that for that wall to be rebuilt, it will require someone that has the audacity to do things that defy the norm, that cause people to ask questions, to bring disruption to the people. He weeps and mourns before that person. He fasts and prays to that person. It is our audacious God to which he does these things.
For us, now, we have the same opportunity as Nehemiah. We have an opportunity to ask God to do something with reckless abandon, for when we leave it up to Him, we abandon what is safe, what is expected, what is known, and enter into a place where only God is able to work. This requires us to pray (and fast) like Nehemiah. It causes us to reflect on how we will pray.
This is why Paul says in his letter to the Ephesians (3:20) that it is God “who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us.” God is the one who can do MORE in us, though us, and around us, but only when we pray audaciously, live expectantly, and rejoice abundantly!
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