In my human nature, my personality is not characterized by boldness. My tendency is more toward fear, insecurity, and timidity.
That tendency used to spill over into my prayer life. My prayers were hesitant. I resisted asking for fear that I would be disappointed if God did not answer. My insecurity often prevented me from approaching the God of the universe.
Besides, I didn’t really know what to pray other than ask God to help with problems. So I often just remained quiet.
However, I am slowly learning that God did not create me to be fearful, insecure, and timid. I am learning to take God at His Word. I am learning to approach God boldly.
Does my hesitancy and reluctance feel familiar? I invite you to join me in a bold approach.
“Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace.”
Hebrews 4:16 (NASB)
Approach God – God! – boldly?!? Isn’t that a bit presumptuous?
On our own – Absolutely!
Oh, but there is hope for us. Before boldly drawing near to God, we must look back at Hebrews 4:14-15. We must recognize that Jesus is our high priest, the One who fills the gap between us and God. He is the One who gives us access to God Almighty.
We can boldly approach because we approach in the Name of Jesus.
Repeat a previous challenge.
Choose a previous day’s challenge that was meaningful for you, and repeat. This time, approach God with just a bit more confidence than you did yesterday.
A few suggestions:
Turn up the music and worship confidently. Day 5
Talk to God about your priority needs. Boldly, ask Him to act on your behalf. Day 3
Cling to God’s Name that you are asking Him to reveal to you. Day 4