Praying With Jesus: Pray Bold
One of my favorite Bible passage on prayer is this one from Luke just after Jesus taught a shorter version of the Lord’s Prayer.
“Then he said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and he goes to him at midnight and says, `Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, because a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have nothing to set before him.’ “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. “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Luke 11:5-10)
Jesus wants us to be bold when we pray. He does not say that every prayer is answered with a yes, but that we are not bold enough when we pray, and that He wants us to be bold. This is the kind of boldness that would wake someone up in the middle of the night. The kind of boldness that makes one stop and pay attention. Jesus always pays attention to us and help us in prayer to pay attention to Him.
Lord, help me to be bolder when I pray. Remind me that all things are possible for You. Give me the vision to see all things as they truly are, so that I may know how to pray. Help me see myself and others as Jesus sees us all today and forevermore, a child of God. Amen.