It seems to me that this world conspires to teach believers that we should ask small. Its the kind of “spiritual truth” based on humanistic mindsets of this worlds system (Colossians 2:8) that we are told to avoid. It teaches that we should pray pleading, apologetic, broken prayers to a God who is angered and annoyed with us. This is not what the scriptures teach and certainly not the message Jesus proclaimed.
The shocking teaching of Jesus on prayer is to come and ask boldly. In fact He promised that the best way to be heard on high was to pray with a shameless audacity (Luke 11:8 ) This kind of prayer only makes sense in the light of the gospel of God’s kingdom. When we have an accurate view of God’s nature, that He is loving, gracious and kind, as well as a clear view of the awesome power of what Jesus accomplished on the cross, to take away all of our sins along and make us heirs with Him.
So it is easy to see who has believed the gospel by the kinds of prayers they pray. We are not called to pray the prayers of broken sinners under the judgmental hand of an angry God. We are supposed to pray the prayers of the redeemed sons and daughters of the glorious God who has emancipated us from our sin and everything else that stood between us and Him. We are convinced that it was His love for us that sent His only begotten Son to be our sacrifice of atonement. Now our praises, prayers and thanksgivings should reflect the victory He has freely given us and result in honor and glory to Him.
In order to honor His sacrifice and life in us, we come to pray bold prayers full of faith. We approach the throne of grace with confidence, not a confidence stirred by our own perfections but by the perfect work of Jesus in our atonement. We dare to believe what the scriptures declare, we have been made perfect by His sacrifice and every one of our sins has been destroyed and removed by Him.
Hebrews 10:1 The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship. . . . . . 12 But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, 13 and since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool. 14 For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.
Acts 13:38 “Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. 39 Through him everyone who believes is set free from every sin, a justification you were not able to obtain under the law of Moses.
I dare you to believe that what the Bible says Jesus did for us is true and then pray prayers in line with that understanding. It will change the way you pray. These kinds of prayer do not diminish His glory, nor our responsibility to fear and honor Him, but they do celebrate and align themselves with what He Himself has told us to do and in that they become the prayers that are precious to Him because they are faith filled.
I dare you to go out and pray prayers that are shameless and audacious because you finally believe what God says about you is true.