boldness in prayer

by libr8tr

Christ in Gethsemane (Christus in Gethsemane),...

Christ in Gethsemane (Christus in Gethsemane), oil painting by Heinrich Ferdinand Hofmann (Heinrich Hofmann). The original is at the Riverside Church (Riverside Church, New York City). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

1 Peter 5:7

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you

I like to fish.  I like the quiet, the outdoors, but I really like to catch something.  It’s an achievement.  And, to do it well, you have to learn how to cast.

My father taught me to cast.  He used different methods, and he was always careful, because he didn’t want his fishing line to get caught in trees behind him.  He wanted to place that hook in just the right location.

Sometimes, we are tempted to think of prayer in the same way.  We have to create the right atmosphere, come with correct intentions, and deliver a well-spoken request to God our Father.  And, it’s true that proper reverence has its place with the living, All-mighty God of the universe.

But it’s equally true that integrity, “being real” with God also has its place.

The worries of this life grow the older you get.  Some of these are like a gentle hum in the back of our minds.  We are aware of them sometimes, but we can handle the background noise.

Other worries are more pressing.  They take center stage and we get worn down with concern.  In fact, we become spiritually strangled by the trials of life and the worry generated as a reaction to this.

In my church, we reflect on our sins at the beginning of the service.  We think about ways that we might have injured others.  We never take the time to consider the worries of this life that burden our hearts.  Yet, this is exactly what we see happen over and over again in the Scripture.

David pours out his heart before God in the Psalms.  Daniel prays for three weeks, multiple times a day, before Yahweh.  Jesus sweats tears of blood in the Garden of Gethsemane in prayer.

It was not time for proper decorum in these situations.  It was time to recklessly cast prayers to God the Father.  It was time to groan over their situations.  It was time to ask for rescue.

And we are called to do the same.  If the Christian faith means anything at all, prayer is an essential part of the spiritual life.  It is not in the many or beautiful words that we will be heard, but because our prayers are prayed through Jesus that they are unquestioningly heard.

Cast gives me the sense of throwing up all our deepest worries before God.  Throw them hard and wide.  Throw them with abandon.  Throw them knowing that the Holy Spirit intercedes for you (Romans 8).  Throw them knowing that Jesus intercedes for you (Hebrews 7:25).  Throw them knowing you have nothing to lose, except worry.

And expect peace.  A peace that passes all understanding.  And if you don’t get it, wrestle with God for that.  Tell Him it is His promise.  Tell Him it is His responsibility to give you peace.  Tell Him you are His child because of His dearly beloved Son.

At times, we will cast our worries on Him.  Maybe soon, we will cast our praise for seeing us through trials on Him.  Eventually, we will see crowns of Glory being cast before His feet because of the great and awesome work He has done.  To God be the Glory now and forever, Amen