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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

#49 God Delights in Your Holy Boldness

Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: God delights in your holy boldness that will not take no for an answer. God counts it "great faith," and He then counts you His friend, for you understand His heart.

Paul urges...
that "in him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence" (Eph. 3:12).

The Greek literally is, "We have boldness and access with confidence."

Parresia is unreservedness of utterance, speaking plainly without fear, boldly but with cheerful courage.

"We have confidence [parresia—bold, confident courage]" to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus" (Heb. 10:19). 

'Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence [parresia—bold, confident courage]" (4:16). Esther approached the throne of the emperor Xerxes with such boldness and was God's means to save her people.

How often our fear, timidity, and lack of faith have caused us to lose blessings and prayer answers God would have been delighted to grant.

A. B. Simpson writes, "The secret of success in human affairs has often been audacity. There is...a holy audacity in Christian life and faith which is not inconsistent with the profoundest humility."  (The Life of Faith p. 52).[Check out many of his books]

This was the audacity of Moses, Joshua, Elijah, Daniel, Luther, and a host of prayer warriors over the centuries.

The importunate prayer warrior presses beyond the bounds of friendship, almost beyond the bounds of sonship. There is a determination, a bold insistence that refuses to accept a negative answer or longer delay.

Such importunity would not be appropriate for any situation other than that involving the glory of God. When God's will, name, and glory are at stake, nothing should stop us. Jesus taught that such praying gets answers that are obtainable in no other way.

Holy importunity conquers all circumstances, defeats all darkness, and penetrates through demon hosts to the throne of God.

Laxity in prayer, timidity in intercession, and weakness in importunity are fatal to mighty prevailing prayer.

"Awaiting the onset of our importunity and insistence,
is the Father's heart, the father's hand, the Father's

infinite power, the Father's infinite willingness to 
hear and give to His children." (Bounds,

"Importunate prayer is a mighty movement of the
soul toward God. It is a stirring of the deepest forces
of the soul toward the throne of heavenly grace. It
is the ability to hold on, press on, and wait.... It is
not an incident...but a passion of soul....The wrestling
quality in importunate prayer does not spring from
physical vehemence or fleshly energy. It is not an 
inwrought force, a faculty implanted and aroused
by the Holy Spirit. Virtually, it is the intercession of 

the Spirit of God within us." (Bounds
 p. 63).

Used by permission of the author and Duewel Literature Trust, Inc., Greenwood, Indiana

#48 God Delights in Your Holy Boldness
by Dr. Wesley L. Duewel
(pp. 84, 85)) Zondervan

(Google image and my emphasis added)

Let's pray-

      Father, help us pray with the boldness that gets Your attention for the concerns we have for ourselves and others.

   May we become like Esther in the Bible, and offer persistent requests for answers that honor You, and which bring about what You desire.

   Remind us to come to You with confidence, and know that You hear and want to answer our heart-felt prayers.

   I ask this in the Name of Jesus. Amen. 

Today's Bible verse-

(Is. 17:7 KJV) "At that day shall a man look to his Maker, and his eyes shall have respect to the Holy One of Israel."

(Ps. 124:8 CEV) "The LORD made heaven and earth, and he is the one who sends us help."

Today's quote-

"Shall we not plan to meet God alone, habitually, with the door shut, and the Book open, and the will pliant so we may be trained for this holy partnership of prayer.

The will come the clearer vision, the broader purpose, the truer wisdom, the real unselfishness, the simplicity of claiming and expecting, the delights of fellowship in service with Him; then too will come great victories for God in His world." S. D. Gordon (p. 72, of Quiet Talks on Prayer)

Our thought today-

Who you've become depends on the might within you. Where you draw strength from makes a big difference, as it causes you to build faith in God, or to foster unbelief.

Our questions today-

Will you get to the point that you trust God to help you do what He's asked of you? Do you believe He'll keep you safe on the pathway He points out? He is Trustworthy, my friend.

Upcoming posts-

#50 The Role of Importunity
    23rd- Thursday's post by Dr. Wesley L. Duewel

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    25th- Saturday's post by Debbie McEwen

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    26th- Sunday evening's post by Dennis Fisher

    7/3rd- Sunday evening's post by Lisa Buffaloe

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