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Pray Bold

PRAY BOLD

What would you do if you were living in a non-Christian world, where the community was filled with people who used to follow God but now follow another religion? You are the last disciple of Christ left, and one day God laid it on you that you were going to bring people back to him. Would you run and hide, or would you face your community with boldness?

This is the situation that Elijah was in in 1 Kings when God sent him to face the prophets of Baal. Elijah challenged them to see who was more powerful, Baal or his God. I'm sure there was a part of him that was afraid, but he knew he had to show no fear or the enemy would use his fear to their advantage. He even goes as far as the taunt them when Baal doesn't respond to their prayers.

In our lives today, God is always calling us to step out in boldness, but many times we don't because we're afraid. We all have our own gifts, which are matched with our unique personalities. God wants us to share with others the story of who he is through the lens of who we are in Christ.

Many times, we can lose our passion in prayer or stop praying for certain things altogether because we lose heart or give up. But God invites us to keep them before Him and trust Him for an answer in His time.
— Awakening, Stoval Weems, p. 159

You must be steadfast in your prayers, never giving up. Prayer is about opening up to a vulnerable state with God. We need to share our deepest emotions and feelings with him, without fear of judgment. We also need to seek his will in our prayers, asking his guidance in what we should do in our lives and where we should move in our prayers.

We must never forget that the highest kind of prayer is never the making of requests. Prayer at its holiest moment is the entering into God to a place of such blessed union as makes miracles seem tame and remarkable answers to prayer appear something very far short of wonderful by comparison.
— A. W. TOZER

This week, pray about how you can bolden your prayers and how you can step out in faith more. Where has God been wanting to use you that you have been resisting?

THOUGHTS TO CONSIDER:

  1. In what ways do you think fasting could affect your relationship with God and His plans for your life?
  2. How have you seen God working over the past week as you've been purposeful to create space for him?
  3. What are some areas you need to seek him more in the next week?
  4. Is there something in your life you've been holding on to that you need to release to God?

At the usual time for offering the evening sacrifice, Elijah the prophet walked up to the altar and prayed, ‘O Lord, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, prove today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant. Prove that I have done all this at your command. O Lord, answer me! Answer me so these people will know that you, O Lord, are God and that you have brought them back to yourself.’

Immediately the fire of the Lord flashed down from heaven and burned up the young bull, the wood, the stones, and the dust. It even licked up all the water in the trench! And when all the people saw it, they fell face down on the ground and cried out, ‘The Lord—he is God! Yes, the Lord is God!’
— 1 Kings 18:36-39, NLT
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