Day 6 of 40-Day Prayer Challenge
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“…yet because of your shameless audacity he will surely get up and give you as much as you need.” Luke 11:8
There is an old adage: Desperate times call for desperate measures. Every prayer is a calculated risk, but sometimes God calls us to ante up all the faith we have, and then let the chips fall where they may! When we act in faith, we aren’t risking our reputation; we are risking God’s reputation because He’s the One who made the promise in the first place. But if we aren’t willing to risk our reputation, we’ll never establish God’s reputation. We’ll also never experience miracles.
Why do we mistakenly think that God is offended by our prayers for the impossible? The truth is that God is offended by anything less! God is offended when we ask Him to do things we can do ourselves. It’s the impossible prayers that honor God because they reveal our faith and allow God to reveal His glory.
In Luke 11, Jesus tells a story about a man who won’t take no for an answer. He keeps knocking on his friend’s door until he gets what he came for. It’s a parable about prevailing in prayer. And Jesus honors his bold determination: “…yet because of your shameless audacity he will surely get up and give you as much as you need.” There are times when you need to do whatever it takes. You need to grab hold of the horns of the altar and not let go. You need to dare demonic forces to a duel.
Sometimes we’re afraid of praying for miracles because we’re afraid that God won’t answer, but the answer isn’t up to us. We never know if the answer will be yes, no, or not yet. But the answer isn’t up to us. It’s not our job to answer; it’s our job to ask. The greatest tragedy in life is the prayers that go unanswered simply because they go unasked.
What to pray? The church’s finances. That we will ask God with audacity.
May 12, 2018