The key to audacious praying is to make sure our prayers are grounded in scripture. Our requests must be biblically based. If they are not, our prayer is more wishful thinking than faith-based praying.
In The Message, Romans 10:17 reads: “The point is, before you trust, you have to listen. But unless Christ’s Word is preached, there’s nothing to listen to.”
So, audacious prayer must be formed from scripture. Acknowledging the influence of Don Miller and Steven Furtick, allow me to give you five steps toward developing biblical, audacious prayers.
- First, identify your need. Just as in Mark 10:36, Jesus asked a man a simple question: “What do you want me to do for you?” We must take time to specifically identify exactly what we need God’s help with.
- Second, find a promise in God’s word that fits your specific need. Audacious praying means transferring the promise of God into your problem. The Bible is filled with promises. Search the Bible. Dig for it. God will reveal himself to you. I cannot tell you exactly how it will happen, but God will make a verse come alive to you. Through the Holy Spirit’s guidance, you will know.
- Third, wait on God to give you his promise. You may discover the promise quickly. Or, it may take time. Do not give up. It is laziness to give up. Isaiah 30:18 says, “Blessed are all who wait for him.”
- Fourth, speak the promise. Joshua 1:8 and Mark 11:23 remind us that God’s word is meant to be spoken. It is easier by far to keep your audacious prayer to yourself. There is little risk if no one knows what you are praying. If nothing happens, you have not put yourself out there. It takes faith to speak God’s word…to say, “This is the promise God has given me.” It may scare you to admit what you are asking of God. You may feel embarrassed or naive. But speaking — being vocal — is necessary for faith and part of the process. Find a least one person to whom you can speak your faith, God’s promise, and your request.
- Fifth, act like you believe the answer is on its way. Mark 11:24 says, “…believe that you have [already] received it.” Change your way of thinking. Let your actions show your faith. Find a tangible way to express your confidence in God. Martin Luther wrote, “Mark this, that you must always speak the Amen firmly. Never doubt that God in his mercy will surely hear you and say ‘yes’ to your prayers.”