When I was younger, I didn’t really understand who I was and how I affected God’s heart. I really thought I was no one, nothing. After a dramatic encounter with God several years ago, He began speaking to me about who I really was, the importance and significance of my existence, and the position of intimacy I have in His heart. These were revelations that changed everything, every aspect of my life. The most important thing it changed was how I would pray.
In the past, all I knew to prayer were pleading prayers, hoping, but not believing God would answer the desires of my heart. Now, my prayers are infused with confidence! In Hebrews 4:16, it talks about us approaching God with “boldness.” In the original Greek, that word literally means, “confidence, leaving a witness that something deserves to be remembered/taken seriously.”
So what changed? How did I go from pleading with God to praying confidently? Paradigm shifts! I began to see things the way Father God sees them. Here are 3 foundational keys God showed me for praying confident prayers:
1. Know who you are.
You are a son/daughter of God. You’ve been given the “spirit of adoption” (Rom 8:15), which means you have legal right to access the intimacy and riches of your Father God. You are not on the outside of your Father’s approval, looking in. You’re already in, fully present in His acceptance, His approval, His desires for you!
2. Pray from your position of authority.
The story of Esther is a great prototype of the kind of authority we have when we come into the Father’s presence and ask for things. When Esther married the king, she made a move to save her people by walking into the throne room to plead on their behalf. Though Esther did that bold act with great fear, we get to do it with confidence! The Cross changed everything. Esther had the intimacy of being married to the king but not the legal authority to approach him with confidence. Because of the Cross, however, we have the position of authority of being God’s legal kids, and with that comes our ability to walk with confidence into His presence to ask Him for anything (Heb 4:16).
3. Know His desires are your desires.
The perk of intimacy with Father God is the natural tendency for our hearts to meld with His. One day, I was reading Psalm 37:4, “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” I heard God say, “I’m not just giving you what you’ve ask for, I’m actually putting those desires in you. I am the originator of those desires.” So here’s a crazy paradigm shift to think about: Have you always wanted to be famous or movie star or billionaire or be in the world’s spotlight in some way? What if that’s actually God’s desire for you? What if you were never created for obscurity but created for earth-shattering renown? He literally embeds desires like those deep in our hearts.
Ask for confirmation as you pray bold prayers
When you pray bold prayers, know God always loves to confirm what you’ve prayed – almost like giving a big “thumbs up” to our spirit. So look for confirmation after you’ve prayed! It could be something big, like a stranger stopping you on the street and prophesying to you exactly for what you just asked God. But it may be something small, like coming across an Instagram post or even just a sense of peace within you that God wants to do what you prayed. God is always communicating with us, whether it’s in small ways or big ones, and He does that to encourage our hearts with hope, saying, “Yes! I am in agreement with you!”
So go forth, my fellow believers, and pray bold prayers!