It’s an honor to have my friend Alison on the blog today sharing about a topic I’m passionate about: bold, confident prayers.
One thing I’ve heard quite a few times in the past months is a longing in women to pray big, bold, confident prayers.
Prayers on behalf of their husbands.
Prayers for the brokenness around them.
Prayers for a new house, a bigger back account, a new job.
Prayers for their health, or weight, or insecurities.
All in all, women have a longing to pray for something to change.
Can I let you in on a little secret that I’ve recently embraced?
Dear soul, you must first begin praying for the transformation of your own heart.
Your energy must be spent doing battle on your knees for your own soul, spirit, mind, and body. The root of your prayers needs to be your own growth.
Only here’s the thing. I’ve also heard over and over again that women don’t know how to pray. They feel stuck, alone – like their prayers are bouncing off the ceiling. They feel silly, unheard. They don’t know what to say.
So they don’t pray.
Let me just tell you, friend, that something needs to change about that. It’s time to boldly approach the throne with confidence. It’s time to pray big and confident.
Let’s do this – together.
Because not long ago, I was in the same place. I was desperately wanting to pray big and bold prayers. I was longing to feel the presence of God during my prayers. I wanted to trust that God was listening and responding. But I often felt a little like I was standing in a room full of my own echo. No response.
Can I journey with you? Would you give me that honor?
When we’re intentional about fighting for a deeper prayer life, God will answer our pleas for His presence. He will show up.
Here’s what we’re going to do, okay? Grab your Bible and pull up a chair…
1. We’re going to hide truth in our heart.
One of my absolute favorite things to do is pray Scripture. It provides a solid starting ground.
For example, I will read a verse (such as the ones listed below). Then, I will search that verse for specific truths about who God is, as well as truths about who the verse says I am in Christ.
Then, I will pray those truths right back to God – in thanks, in praise, in frustration for my sinfulness, in sadness, in hope.
And I will believe that He hears.
Scriptures to pray: Ephesians 5:22-24, Ephesians 2:19-20, 1 Peter 2:9-10, Galatians 4:6-7, 1 Corinthians 15:57-58, Hebrews 9:14
2. We’re going to begin praying for our transformation.
This is important. This is the part where you take those truths that you’ve hidden in your heart and you pray for them to change you.
This is the part where you eagerly wait for the Lord to work in your heart – to soften, equip, encourage, and challenge.
It’s exciting, friend! Hard and oftentimes painful, but exciting.
Why? Because we are called to live like Jesus. And in order to become more and more like Jesus everyday, we must call on the Father to equip and guide us, to change and challenge us.
This is a bold prayer – one I cannot wait for you to pray!
3. We’re going to approach the Lord with confidence.
First, I believe that approaching the Lord with confidence can be a physical position you place yourself in. For many years I prayed on my couch with a cup of coffee in hand.
Recently, I have taken the posture of kneeling before the Lord – no coffee, no distractions – just kneeling. I’d encourage you to try it. Place your body in a physical position of confidence.
Second, this is confidence with your words and mind as well. We can approach the Lord with confidence because He is faithful, powerful, loving, grace-filled, almighty, everlasting… I could go on and on.
Do you believe those things? Remind yourself at the beginning of the prayer while you praise God. You can approach with confidence because the Lord is present with you.
If you’re in that beautiful place of longing to pray bold, big, trusting prayers, join me on this journey. It doesn’t have to be perfect. The Lord doesn’t require perfect.
The Lord simply requires a willing heart, a heart that trusts in Him and loves to communicate with Him.
Begin today by praying for your own transformation. That’s where it all begins, friend.
In your own heart – reliant on the Lord constantly.
“Alison is a wife, blogger, and Jesus-follower growing in grace and truth daily. She loves coffee in the morning, experimenting in the kitchen, camping with her husband, and reading in a hammock just about anywhere. Her blog – Life of Scoop – exists to encourage authentic community grounded in biblical truth. Basically, it’s some good soul talk in the midst of the mundane. Follow Life of Scoop on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter.”