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The feeling wasn’t going away.
I had been praying for weeks about what to do with a certain situation – a rather big situation – and I couldn’t shake the nudge.
God had answered.
Was I surprised? No, not really.
I wasn’t surprised because I had been praying boldly for several weeks. It didn’t start out that way. My first few prayers about this daunting situation were weak and feeble.
I threw out some phrases like “please help” and “Lord, your will be done.”
But then I walked away and forgot about my prayers.
The problem didn’t go away and my prayer life needed some serious overhaul. I knew that the only option left was to be intentional, real, and vulnerable in my prayers to our Great God.
And so, the journey to praying with fierce boldness began.
What situation do you feel needs some intentional, real, and authentic prayer? Do you have a burning dilemma that should be covered in fiercely bold prayer?
As I grew to better understand the keys to powerful prayer, I found that five aspects are essential.
How to Pray with Boldness:
Step 1: Speak your belief.
Let me ask you this: do you actually believe that God will answer your prayer? Are you patiently waiting for that nudge, feeling, or still small voice?
Talk about this with God!
When you pray, expect mighty things.
When you pray, believe that God will work.
And when you pray, wait for the answer.
This might sound something like the following: “Lord, I believe that you are powerful, mighty, majestic, and perfect. I believe that you can work this situation out for your glory and my good. Lord, I believe that you will take action, answer my prayer, and direct my path. I believe.”
Step 2: Be specific.
My weak cries of “please help” were lacking this key component to fierce prayer. It is true that God knows our prayers before we pray them, and that the Lord intercedes on our behalf, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be specific.
Specific prayers require boldness. And I think a lot of us are afraid to pray bold prayers.
“Heavenly Father, I ask that you would bring a clear solution to this problem” is so much safer than “Lord, I am unsure whether to say yes or no to this huge commitment. You know my life, my schedule, and my capacity. I ask that you would find someone else to complete this job if you do not want me to take action.”Specific prayer requires boldness. Be bold! #fierceprayer #boldprayer Click To Tweet
That is the beginning to a bold prayer. Be specific. Present your requests to God with detail.
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Step 3: Pray with others.
The Lord promises that where two or three are gathered, He will be there also. What a sweet promise!
We need the Lord’s presence, just like we need the wisdom, support, and guidance of others. Praying with trusted friends is a great way to hold ourselves accountable to praying with boldness.
Vulnerability opens the door for intentional conversation and growth. Friend, share your burdens with those around you. Ask for help and pray with one another. Be bold in prayer together.
Step 4: Fight against doubting.
Step one is speak your belief, which means we must be actively fighting against the reality of doubting.
I’ll be the first to admit that sometimes it is hard to believe. If you feel that way, you are not alone. However, we must be taking our thoughts captive, praying the promises of God, and reminding ourselves of truth everyday.
When you are tempted to doubt God’s ability to answer a prayer or act on your behalf, stop and pray in that moment.
“Lord, I am struggling with unbelief. I need your power, your promises, and your grace to hold me up. I do not want to doubt. Father, I believe. Help my unbelief.”
Step 5: Look back on previous prayers.
How has God answered you in the past? Where in your life have you felt His presence and peace? What situations have worked out for God’s glory and your good?
I suggest starting a prayer journal, or a prayer jar, that you can revisit often to remind yourself of God’s faithfulness. Then, praise Him specifically.
“God, thank you for answering my prayers about XYZ. I felt you working when I responded in obedience by doing XYZ. You are faithful even when I am faithless. And you chose to walk beside me through XYZ. Thank you, God.”
As I dealt with the upsetting situation I mentioned at the beginning of this post, fierce prayer became my foundation. After I began using these five steps to pray boldly, I began to feel those nudges and the presence of a still small voice.
Five steps. Fierce prayer. Bold belief.
What do you need to pray boldly about today? Start with step one, and began listening for the guidance of an Almighty God.