Friday, September 6, 2013

Shameless Audacity

-You have not because you ask not-
It sounds so simple doesn't it? If you want something, typically you'll ask for it. It's second nature really. But for some reason that isn't always the case when it comes to prayer. At least for me. I know the things I want, the things I need and the things my heart speaks to my spirit that no one else hears. And I assume God knows them all too.

The thing is, he does. Of course He does. He knows us better than we know ourselves, but sometimes all He is waiting on is for us to ask.

I thought about why. If He knows what I need and what I want, why do I have to ask?

I've been thinking back on the times in my life that changed me. Truly changed me.
There are two that stand out to me in vivid ways. And in both, they were times where I physically gave up. My own will and my power was no longer enough and I had to depend on Him. Completely.
They were times where I finally uncurled my hands from fists, opened them instead and said God- I can't. I need you to take over. I need you to take this on for me.

I think thats what prayer is all about right there. Humbling ourselves. Recognizing we can't do these things on our own. He wants us fully reliant on him. Dependent on Him. Broken before Him. And He wants us to ask for the big things we can't imagine ever happening because they are just way beyond our own ability.

"Why do we mistakenly think that God is offended by our prayers for the impossible? The truth is that God is offended by anything less! It's the impossible prayers that honor God because they reveal our faith and allow God to reveal His glory."

Many times our prayers are limited by our own insecurities and fears. And that is the first mistake. Making our prayers about anything other than Him. His glory. His ability. 
When we pray we relieve our selves of the responsibility...we let go and we let God. 

There is such freedom in that isn't there? I'll be honest though, for a control freak like myself, a "do-er" and a fixer...letting go is not always my first instinct. It's always been a struggle for me. 
But I have learned that the more I let go of myself, the more of Him I gain. My confidence has grown because it's no longer in myself, but in Him. 

I'm challenged more than ever to ask for the bigger things. To write down my dreams and commit them to prayer. To be bolder than I ever have been before. 

To have shameless audacity. 

Luke 11:8
...."yet because of your shameless audacity he will surely get up and give you as much as you need." 

I feel like this is something we all are challenged with at some point. Sometime we even think our needs aren't important to ask or pray for. But can I tell you? Prayer is not a complicated thing, or even a last resort.  Those dreams and hopes and desires you have? Ask for them. God is your biggest fan. He wants to make them happen for you. He wants to see them fulfilled in your life.  
So just, ask!

"The greatest tragedy in life is the prayers that go unanswered simply because they go unasked"
-Mark Batterson {Drawing the Circle}


  1. so beautifully written~ boldness is awesome. thanks for the sweet, needed, and perfectly wonderful post today <3.

  2. I needed this today!


  3. "Why do we mistakenly think that God is offended by our prayers for the impossible? The truth is that God is offended by anything less! It's the impossible prayers that honor God because they reveal our faith and allow God to reveal His glory."

    I love this quote! My prayer life is something I have been struggling with lately. I like to write my prayers down and not having the right words is okay. But, being bold in prayer is definitely something I would like to start practicing. :)

  4. Thank you , I needed this today!!

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