Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
– Philippians 4:6
Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
– Mark 11:24
I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask for in my name.
– John 16:23
And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.
– James 5:15,16
Throughout the Bible, we see the power of prayer.
Moses desires to set his people free from the Egyptians and God proves himself faithful (Exodus 6-14).
Hannah prays for a child and God proves himself faithful (1 Samuel 1-2).
Esther wants freedom for her people and God proves himself faithful (Esther 2-8).
I could go on and on. We see that God answers us through prayer, so there’s importance in praying boldly. We must pray with conviction and expectation that God will show up. One of the biggest examples of praying boldly is in the book of Daniel. Because of his faith in God, Daniel was thrown into a den of hungry lions. Could you imagine being in a pit of hungry lions with no way out? I would have freaked out. So what did Daniel do? He prayed boldly (Daniel 6-9). Talk about faith in the Lord! He prayed boldly, knowing that God would bring him out of the pit. And God did!
So why don’t we pray boldly?
I encourage you to examine your prayer life and see how you’re praying and what you’re praying for. I’ve found that as I’ve been learning to pray with conviction, I see God show up more. I see him answer requests with clarity and promise. It’s exciting to be in a prayerful relationship with Christ like I haven’t before. Commit to praying intentionally and with expectation that God will do what he says he will do.