When we picture someone who is bold, we think of shoulders held high, a confident step, eye contact, a voice that carries… someone who isn’t afraid to try something new, even if it’s risky. We find it admirable when our children step out to try new things and we encourage them to have confidence in the face of peer pressure. We teach them to stand up to bullies and to walk without fear.
If someone is too aggressively bold, however, we call her “forward.” We think, “that was a bit audacious” of her and we want her to back down. It seems there’s an unspoken line we aren’t meant to cross where lies too much risk. Her actions just become stupid and irresponsible.
Someone can move quickly from admirable for her courage to just plain senseless because she puts herself in precarious situations too often.
Thankfully, when we walk with God, we can be as bold as we wish towards him. He loves for us to shout daring prayers and to put forth colossal requests. After all, he holds the world in the palm of his hand. Nothing is too difficult for him! The apostle Paul reminds us that nothing should hold us back through the power of Jesus! Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
This means you and I have freedom to bring ANYTHING before God during this fast with ANYTHING. Even the things we don’t want to say out loud because they might seem too far-fetched. We can ask God to set us free from lifelong addictions and struggles. He can restore broken relationships. He can heal us from any disease. God can multiply our influence and our finances if he chooses. God can bring back wayward children; and by his spirit, he can make a way where no path seems clear.
Jesus, thank you for spilling your blood out on the cross for my redemption. Because of your sacrifice and the hope I have in who you are, I come boldly before your throne of grace. I ask you to move mightily in my life in the area of ________________. I look forward with excitement for the testimony that is to come from what you will do in this situation. In Christ’s mighty name, Amen.