I don’t want you to do anything ungodly or irreverent, but sometimes we need to break all the self-imposed prayer rules we accumulate over time. I don’t know what boundaries you pray within, but those who pray regularly fall into patterns and methods that grow comfortable. They’re not wrong … but they can let our prayers get a bit rusty. Why not focus for a period of time on breaking your own prayer rules?
The parable Jesus tells in Luke 11:5-10 has a humorous point to be made.
Then Jesus said to them, “Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.’ And suppose the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity he will surely get up and give you as much as you need. ~Luke 11: 5- 8
How often can the term ‘shameless audacity’ be applied to your prayers? I confess that I ask God for a lot … but I am not sure I reach that level of asking! The Amplified Bible expands this passage as, “shameless persistence and insistence he will get up and give him as much as he needs.”. The HCSB uses the term “persistence” but in the footnote adds “annoying persistence or shamelessness”. So breaking your prayer rules might be…
*Ask God for an impossibly big move in your life or someone else’s.
*Ask God without shame for something that is your heart’s desire.
*Ask God without hesitation when you think of something that would be a blessing to the Kingdom.
*Ask God persistently … don’t worry about annoying God or irritating God!
*Ask God confidently … don’t worry about how God can answer that prayer.
Jesus follows this teaching with a familiar saying…
“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” ~Luke 11:9-10 (HCSB)
So I say to you, Ask and keep on asking and it shall be given you; seek and keep on seeking and you shall find; knock and keep on knocking and the door shall be opened to you. ~Luke 11:9 (AMP)
God doesn’t always give us what we ask for. Even Garth Brooks knows that’s a good thing! But I wonder if sometimes we pray with too much decorum and rigidity. Maybe God answers prayer because you have the audacity to ask for something God-sized and you just wont’ give up! Time to break some of your prayer rules to let God know you believe He can do awesome things!