Day 9 – Bold Prayer
What is it that makes prayer “bold?” Is it one’s volume in a reverberant building? Is it a loud and resonant voice? Is it insistent pleas with demanding language?
In this chapter of the Acts of the Apostles, King Herod is furious with the members of the Christian church. He has the apostle James killed and then arrests Peter. But “while Peter was kept in prison, the church prayed fervently to God for him.”
And what that quiet but confident prayer by his Christian friends brought Peter was his quite astounding escape, led by an angel, as chains dropped off his wrists and guards ignored their passing by them, as the iron door barring their way miraculously opened of its own accord.
Peter at first thought he was dreaming. But as the night air outside hit his face, the angel left him and Peter made his way to the house where his Christian friends were gathered. Hearing his voice outside the gate, they were amazed and concluded it couldn’t be him and that it was merely Peter’s angel. But Peter confirmed that the Lord had freed him, and encouraged them to tell others what had happened.
Prayer is believing the impossible into being. That may happen in ways we don’t expect. It may cause us to disbelieve when such miraculous change actually occurs. But prayer also becomes bold when others join with us in expectant conversation with God in Christ, recognizing the angels of God at work every minute of the day around us. Pray boldly, persistently, peacefully, and patiently while watching for the boldest move of all – by God.
“Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6)