As a Christ follower we strive to become Christ-like. After all, that’s the process of sanctification.
To be like Jesus means to be sinless, abounding in love, compassion, selfless. To be like Jesus is to have self-discipline, joy, peace, patience, and so on.
I have learned that to become more like Jesus I must be willing to allow God to transform me. That means willing to have God perform surgery on your heart so that it beats for the things of Him.
We must have courageous, bold prayers in order to become more like Jesus. We must be willing to allow God to shine his light into the darkest corners of our hearts.
I have learned that when I pray honest, courageous prayers that my eyes are opened to the truth about myself and my need to act.
Let me tell you what I mean about courageous prayers:
Asking God to break you for what breaks him.
Asking God to reveal to you undealt with issues.
Asking the Lord to help you hear his voice and obey his voice.
It’s easy to pray blanket prayers. You know like, “Forgive me for my sin.” Or “Help me to have a good attitude.”
What if we prayed specifically “Lord, this thought keeps coming to my mind, I know it is not pure or pleasing to you. Please forgive me and cleanse my mind of anything impure and reveal to me those things I am exposing myself to that is feeding this way of thinking.”
When we pray courageously, we acknowledge the power of God in our lives.
We realize that we cannot live complacent lives.
When we earnestly seek to be like Jesus then we are moved to action.
Courageous prayers compel us to become moldable. We become the clay and God becomes the potter.
I am reminded of the prophet Isaiah who said in Isaiah 64:8:
8 Yet you, Lord, are our Father.
We are the clay, you are the potter;
we are all the work of your hand.
Many of us do not like change and when we seek the Lord to change us that means it may be unsettling and uncomfortable.
I can tell you this, I have never regretted a courageous prayer. When I am pliable and willing for the Lord to work in my life I become a better wife, mother, and Christ-follower.
I would like to leave you with this question:
How has praying a courageous prayer impacted your life?
Answer in the comments below.