Keys to a Powerful Prayer Life: Shameless Audacity
Keys are used as a means of gaining entrance or access to something. We are spending two weeks looking at keys for your prayer life. I am sharing a new key with you each day, ones meant to help you gain access into God’s presence through prayer. Today we are looking at this key to powerful power: shameless audacity. Or as Luke 11:8 says, “impudence.” Read Luke 11:5-8, the parable of the friend at midnight. If you remember, Jesus gives a teaching about a man who goes to visit his friend at midnight. He knocks on his door and explains he needs some bread for another friend of his who just arrived from a journey. The friend he visits tells him to leave him alone. He is in his warm, comfortable bed and probably half asleep. What Jesus points out next in verse 8 is so interesting. He says, “I tell you, though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his impudence he will rise and give him whatever he needs.” Impudence. Shameless audacity. A cocky boldness. This man keeps knocking PERSISTENTLY even though it’s midnight. Why? Because he knows that his friend is a good friend and if he asks enough times, his good friend will respond. God is a faithful, good and loving Daddy (Deuteronomy 7:9). And as I reminded you a couple of days ago, we are friends of God (John 15:15). Because of this, we pray with one of the few times the word is mentioned in the Bible: shameless audacity. Impudence. Some have even said the word can mean “swagger.” Being SO confident that your good and loving Daddy God will answer you. Because you know him. You know his nature. And God is a good Daddy and friend!