Conntecting the Dots

Learning to Be Bold in Our Prayers

I sometimes wonder if our prayers are ‘way too small and timid.

For instance, we ask God to bless our kids. Perhaps we should add something like, “God, fill our kids with an unquenchable love for Your word. Give them hearts that joyfully obey Your commands. Grant them a longing for wisdom and a passion for sexual purity.”

We ask Him to bless us. Maybe we should stretch that to say, “God, teach me to walk in moment-by-moment revival. Teach me what it means to abide in You, the Vine, so that my life will honor You by producing abundant fruit. Give me the privilege of leading my unbelieving friends and neighbors to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.”

I also wonder if we truly understand how eager God is to answer our prayers. Sometimes I tiptoe into His presence and hesitate to ask lest my request sound selfish or outlandish. I wonder whether He’s really interested in my concerns. After all, He’s swamped with other matters of greater importance than what’s on my mind. Can you relate?

My prayer life has been challenged by reading about a young woman named Acsah. She was the daughter of Caleb—the gutsy guy who encouraged the Israelites to enter the Promised Land. It seems Acsah inherited her dad’s boldness DNA.

Caleb had already given Acsah a piece of land in the Negev. She could have been content with that. After all, it set her up nicely as she began her marriage to Othniel. But this little gal dared to ask for more, and she was very specific.

“Give me another gift,” said Acsah to her dad when she visited him one day. “You have already given me land in the Negev; now please give me springs of water, too.” You know what happened next? “So Caleb gave her the upper and lower springs” (Joshua 15;18,19).

I love these verses! Here are some insights I’m clinging to:

  • Caleb was in tune with his daughter’s heart. When she showed up that day, he took one look at her face and asked, “What’s the matter?” Does not our heavenly Father care about our concerns even more than this earthly father understood his child?
  • Acsah acknowledged her father’s gifts already given. She demonstrated a thankful heart. We must do the same.
  • Acsah asked specifically and wisely. Her requests weren’t foolish or self-serving. She wanted land with a water supply—smart cookie. Our requests need to be wise and specific, too.
  • Caleb granted his daughter’s request. So will our heavenly Father grant our requests when we ask according to His will.

From now on, I’m going to view prayer through a different lens. I hope you will, too.

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