Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit. (James 5:17-18)
Recently, I heard someone use the term “audacious praying” to describe believing prayer that cries out to God for what seems to be the improbable, if not the impossible. It is the type of praying that comes boldly to the Throne of Grace and, with childlike trust, dares to believe God to work despite the circumstances.
Such prayer requires a conviction of the will of God born from an intimate relationship with Him. When Elijah announced the shutting up of the heavens to King Ahab, he declared, “As the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, before whom I stand, there shall be neither dew nor rain these years, except by my word” (1 King 17:1). Elijah lived and served in the presence of God in whose authority he prayed with faith.
Audacious praying is not “presumptuous praying.” It is not praying according to one’s whims and fleshly desires. But it is prayer founded on faith in the Living God and His will in any given situation. Perilous times call for audacious prayer. The God we serve is able to do above and beyond all that we can ask or think. Do not despair but pray!
Take a moment to reflect:
- What present circumstance lays heavily on your heart and tempts you to lose hope? How do you believe God desires you to pray regarding that circumstance?
- What keeps you back from praying audaciously? Do you fear that God will not answer you? Let your request be known to God and wait upon Him to do His work in His time.
All for Jesus Until He Comes!