I don’t criticize prayers of anyone. Prayer is a very personal exchange between the spirit of a person and the spirit of God. Please don’t interpret this post as a criticism – ever – of another person’s conversation with God. I just want to share my thoughts on praying to an almighty God. “ALL POWERFUL”
The Bible says we can come boldly to the throne of grace. Boldly means courageously, fearlessly, bravely, confidently. Hebrews 4:16 “Let us then with confidence, boldly draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
That verse pretty much sums is up. We don’t have to approach God timidly suggesting that he say yes to pleading prayers of his children. The Bible tells story after story of people asking impossible things and God did the impossible.
Hezekiah was struck with a terminal illness and was at the point of death. Isaiah came to him with a direct message from the Lord to “Set your house in order, because you’re not going to recover from this illness. You are going to die.” Can you imagine the shock? God spoke through Isaiah and said, “You are going to die!” If God said it, what would you think? I know. Me too. At this point I would have rolled into a ball and caved. That’s it then, I have my death sentence. But not Hezekiah. He was bold, not just bold, he was on fire, BOLD. Immediately he prayed to the Lord. “Please, Lord. Remember how I have served you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion, and how I have carried out your will.” Then he caved and wept bitterly.
But the story doesn’t end here. God spoke to Isaiah again and said, “Go back to Hezekiah and tell him I have heard your prayer; I have seen your tears. I’m going to give you fifteen more years, productive, successful year.” I assure you God didn’t have one thing planned then changed his mind. I don’t know why God wrote this story into chapter 38 of the book of Isaiah. What he included is as an open invitation to be bold as we approach God. What if he wants us to confirm our trust by coming to him and asking for what we really want? Hezekiah was shaken. He wept bitterly. But he boldly prayed to God who could change his prognosis and heal him completely. God said yes.
There’s another story in the New Testament about Lazarus, a dear friend of Jesus who became ill. Mary and Martha, Lazarus’ sisters, sent messengers to beg Jesus to come quickly and heal their brother, but Jesus didn’t come quickly. Instead he sent this message. “When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.” John 11:4 Remember though? Lazarus did die. Then what happened? Mary and Martha were pretty ticked when they greeted Jesus as he approached. You can read the story in John 11, but in the end, Jesus spoke into Lazarus new life and he became well.
The key to boldness is knowing God, trusting his character, having faith that he is all powerful, all knowing, and without him the universe would cease to exist. “For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible … all things were created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” Colossians 1:16-17
That is the God who invites us to approach him boldly with faith and full throttle trust. Not that you think God can fix your situation or you think God might possibly help you through the messiness you’re going through or you think God might lead you to a treatment for illness. No! The key to boldness is believing God. Knowing in your soul that God is who he says he is. Belief was an issue for Thomas, and he was looking right at the risen Jesus. In John 20:27 Jesus told him, “Do not disbelieve, but believe.” Believe God is who he says he is.
Do you remember David? He believed God, he believed in the power of God, and he also knew this. “If I had harbored sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. However, God heard; he listened to my prayer.” Psalm 66:18-19 Start here. Approach boldly. Get your heart right with God then tell him what you want. Believe him for it.
What do you believe about God?
Believe God in the dark for what he promised in the light.