Praying With Shameless Audacity

“I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity he will surely get up and give you as much as you need.”  Luke 11:8

In His response to the disciples request to teach them to pray, Jesus gave them a sample prayer that we often refer to as “The Lord’s Prayer.”  Then He gave them an example of persistent prayer.  Jesus told a “Suppose you” story about going to a friend in the middle of the night and asking for bread.  Jesus ends that story/example with the above sentence from Luke 11:8.

I like the phrase the NIV version of the Bible uses, “shameless audacity.”  Jesus wants us to have that quality in our prayer life.  He explained that the sleeping friend would give in to the late night request because of the brazen bold courage of the one who was asking.

I don’t think that God is ever motivated to give us what we ask in prayer because of the pressure in which we place upon Him.  But He allows us to develop shameless audacity, or brazen bold courage, in order for us to truly own our request.  My Bible has this comment on verse 8, “Persistence, or boldness, in prayer overcomes our insensitivity, not God’s.  To practice persistence does more to change our hearts and minds than His, and it helps us to understand and express the intensity of our need.  Persistence in prayer helps us recognize God’s work.”

Jesus then goes on to say in Luke 11:9-10, "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; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”

A few weeks before Easter, there were a couple of groups (at Sunrise campuses) that gathered for 10 Days of Prayer.  Some met at 5:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. for those 10 days, another met at 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  I had the privilege of taking part in a couple of those groups.  We sang a few songs, spent time praising God in group prayer, and then got into small groups and fervently asked God to bless all the efforts of all the campuses during Easter week. That time of prayer in groups of 4 or less was always at least 25 minutes in length, and it flew by.  Everyone was always shocked how quickly the hour had passed.

As we consistently asked God with boldness to bring many to Himself, we really began to understand the intensity of need.  I was amazed how much prayer God answered in the lives of so many people last week.  I was also surprised by the joy of those who prayed and also sacrificially served.

If you want to be more motivated concerning the things of God, start specifically praying with shameless audacity for what you know He wants to do through you.  You’ll be amazed by what doors He opens.

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