Messiah, King of Kings and Lord of Lords, you know what’s hidden in my heart. You know my thoughts and my motives. You know when I am weak and feel discouraged.
I submit my prayers to you, Oh God, on this beautiful day. Give me courage, strength and confidence to face the trials and temptations that may lay ahead.
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
Give me strength
I give my life to you today, Oh Father, just take control and guide me along the way. There are times I may think that I do not have the strength to defeat the enemy as he attacks me in my daily life. Restore my courage and faith in you, Oh King of Heaven.
Help us to be confident both in ourselves as well as in You, for we know we will mount up on wings like eagles and sore high with You on the throne.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.
Isaiah 40:31 but those who wait upon the shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary, and they shall walk and not faint.
Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the LORD your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.”
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Praying for confidence
And even as I ask for confidence Dear Lord, help me to remain humble in all that I do. Give me the courage to face my fears, to stand up for myself, to fight for what I believe in, to bless others and to minister your Word.
Let the fire that burns within mes touch the lives of others and manifest your love and grace to all.
In Jesus’ Holy Name, AMEN!!!
Romans 8:28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
Psalms 3:6 I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people Who have set themselves against me round about.
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In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.
— Ephesians 3:12
I’m so grateful for all the truths and godly qualities that my pastor and church family planted in me during my growing-up years. But I have to say, in all the years I attended that church, I personally can’t remember a time when I heard anyone pray boldly or confidently. I simply had no idea what bold, confident praying sounded like until I attended a seminar at another church where a special speaker was teaching on the subject of faith.
At that seminar, I could hardly believe my ears! The man prayed like he actually believed what he was praying would come to pass! At first I was offended, because I mistook his confidence for arrogance. But the longer I listened, the more I realized this man really believed that God was listening to him and that God would do what he had asked of Him. With all the years of sincere praying I had heard in my life, I had never heard such confidence in prayer. That day changed my life as I realized for the first time this truth: If we really know the will of God, we can approach God boldly and confidently!
One of the scriptures that came alive to me at that time of my life was Ephesians 3:12, which says, “In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.” The words “in whom” tell us that our confidence is not based on ourselves, but on our relationship with Jesus Christ. And when you really know that you are in Christ, there is no longer a need to be sheepish about asking for what God has already promised you in His Word. Ephesians 3:12 tells us that we can come to God with boldness and confidence!
The word “boldness” in this verse is from the Greek word parresia, which describes a frankness of speech that is often viewed as unflinching authority — even in the face of opposition. It presents a picture of unashamed boldness. It also is associated with joy and courage. But in addition, Paul goes on to tell us that we can have “confidence” in Christ as we pray.
The word “confidence” is a derivative of the Greek word peitho, which, in most cases, means persuasion. However, in this verse, the word persuasion isn’t enough. The Greek form used here depicts absolute confidence — that is, one who is doubly persuaded. You could say that this person is convinced to the core — rock-solid certain about what he believes or feels. He is so completely persuaded and trustful of what he believes that no element of doubt remains.
These words describe exactly what I heard so long ago in that seminar when I first heard someone pray with utter boldness. It caught me off-guard because I’d never heard such bold praying. But as I listened, I understood that the man prayed with such confidence because he knew he was standing firm on promises in God’s Word. His boldness was based in his assurance of God’s faithfulness to perform what He had promised. This man was thoroughly convinced that God’s promises were trustworthy and true, and that confidence caused him to pray with bold authority.
When you are certain of your rightstanding in Christ, it provides you with a foundation on which to stand. You are convinced of what God has promised you. You have a certainty that when you pray, God hears you and will do as you have asked. This means you don’t need to feel sheepish or embarrassed when you come to Jesus’ throne of grace. You can come boldly to seek mercy in your time of need.
So use your God-given authority without flinching as you boldly and unashamedly put God in remembrance of His promises. He is waiting to hear your voice of authority!
If you want to operate in the power of your new self, it’s absolutely imperative that you develop your faith. And one of the most effective ways to develop your faith is to pray; through intimacy with God, because in His presence your doubts and your fears die. In God’s presence, your capacity to trust Him grows.
Jesus was a man of prayer. And He walked in power, authority, signs and wonders. His disciples saw Him praying at one point and said, ‘teach us to pray.’ He was such a person of prayer, that His prayer life influenced His disciples.
One reason there’s such unbelief among believers – an interesting paradox, by the way – is that there’s so much prayerlessness. The problem with most believers today is that we’ve not built our trust in God. So we panic in the face of crisis like the rest of the world.
Look at Jesus; He was a man of prayer. As the old song goes, ‘Jesus started with prayer, and ended with prayer.’ You really can’t have the results of Jesus without His prayer life. He was always praying.
And His prayer wasn’t just the religious thing we do these days; it was a deep communion with His Father. He was daily on His knees before His Father to receive the strength and courage He needed to deal with the challenges of a fallen world.
Jesus was close to His Father; Jesus was intimate with His Father. Early in the morning before dawn, He was in His place of prayer, talking to His Father and receiving strength.
You see the world is messed up. The attitude of this world is different from the mind of the Father. That’s why the bible says,
“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of the world…”
The world has a pattern. In fact in some versions, the above scripture says, ‘don’t allow the world to squeeze you into its mold.’
Do you know that this world is exerting continuous pressure on you, trying to get you to panic? All around you are cries of terror; “There is recession. There is crisis. There is epidemic in the air.” It’s almost like there’s a conspiracy by everyone you meet to terrify you. This world is trying to squeeze you into its mold; to get you to fear; to get you to doubt; to get you to shut up; to get you to walk in the natural.
Jesus overcame this world through communion with the Father; through prayer. He would go to His Father early in the morning and say, “Father, I receive strength from you. I receive your wisdom. I receive your grace.” He spent the first hours of the morning in prayer so that by the time the sun rose in the sky, He would emerge with the authority of God.
Let Jesus Christ be your model. It is possible to be confronted with a billion dollar crisis and not budge. However, you will need to develop absolute trust in God. When you spend time with the Father in the place of intimacy, you come out confident and strong. You know that the storms of this life can only take you up, and never down. You are not shaken by the things that shake others.
Now, stop running helter skelter like some pagan! Get into your closet and begin to pray.
David said, “I lift up mine eyes to the hills, where does my help come from? My help comes from God.” Whatever you need to do today know that your help is coming from God. Know that God is your source, get that into you.
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