Prayer on the Move. Day seven...
“My dad can help you with that.” Children all over the world reassure their friends with these words.
It's always good to get a call from one of the kids saying, “Dad, I've got a friend who asked me about….” My child is obviously confident that I can help.
Sadly, too many children don't have the kind of relationship with their fathers to have the confidence to say, “Dad, I've got a friend who asked me about….” And most likely, these same children don't have the confidence to ask anything for themselves either.
Do you (or did you) have the confidence to ask your own dad, “Dad, I've got a friend who asked me about…? And I know you can help.” Or are you (were you) intimidated or otherwise distant?
Do you have the confidence to ask your Heavenly Father, “God, I've got a friend who asked me about…? And I know You can help.” Do you have the confidence to ask for yourself, “God, I've got a problem and I know You will help me.” Or are you a bit skittish to be so bold?
Moses was bold before God… extremely bold.
Then the LORD said, “I have seen how stubborn and
these people are. Now leave me alone so my fierce anger can blaze against
and I will destroy them. Then I will make you, Moses, into a great
But Moses tried to pacify the LORD his God. “O LORD!” he said. “Why are you so angry with your own people whom you brought from the land of Egypt with such great power and such a strong hand? Why let the Egyptians say, ‘Their God rescued them with the evil intention of slaughtering them in the mountains and wiping them from the face of the earth’? Turn away from your fierce anger. Change your mind about this terrible disaster you have threatened against your people!
Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. You bound yourself with an oath to them, saying, ‘I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars of heaven. And I will give them all of this land that I have promised to your descendants, and they will possess it forever.’”
So the LORD changed his mind about the terrible disaster he had threatened to bring on his people. (Exodus 32:9–13 NLT)
Now we have Jesus to stand behind, but Moses didn't… neither did Abraham (see Genesis 18:20–33), nor Jacob (see Genesis 32:24–32), nor Isaiah (see Isaiah 6:1–9). So why should we approach God as if we're trying to see what kind of mood He's in, before we're willing to talk to Him?
These men, who had an old‐covenant relationship with God, didn't hesitate to boldly come before Him. And those of us who have a new‐covenant relationship with God have all the more reason to boldly come before Him.
This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. (Hebrews 4:15–16 NLT)
We not only have permission to come boldly before God, we are encouraged to do so.
You want what you don't have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you can't get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them. Yet you don't have what you want because you don't ask God for it. (James 4:2 NLT)
Because we lack the boldness to approach God for what we should want (what we would choose if we knew God better), we end up scheming and killing to get what we do want (what we do choose because we don't know God well enough to know better). (See James 4:1–8.)
In other words, if we don't know God well enough to approach Him boldly, we may very well be chasing after stuff that has nothing to do with Him. But the more we know Him, the more confident we can become in approaching Him about the things He does have something to do with.
In all the homes around the world where Father's Day was celebrated last Sunday, I am certain at least some of the conversations were reminiscing about “Dad.” My own children have said things like, “Well… we knew you would never get that for us,” or “We knew better than to ask you for that!”
Exactly how did my children know what I would and wouldn't get for them? They knew because they knew me. They knew what I would approve of, and they knew what I probably would not approve of… all because of the time we had spent together.
There is a term used in the Bible called “my God.”
First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed in all the world. For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I mention you always in my prayers, asking that somehow by God's will I may now at last succeed in coming to you. (Romans 1:8–10)
And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. (Phillipians 4:19 NIV)
I thank my God always when I remember you in my prayers…. (Philemon 1:4 ESV)
We have every reason to be confident in approaching the God who knows us completely, and loves us anyway. We do not have to approach Him as if He's waiting for us to mess up so He can strike us with a rod.
Be bold in knowing God, so you can be bold in being with Him…. And one day you will only refer to Him as “my God!”
Have a good day,