Bold at its Best

I was moved by this encouragement in my Strengthen My Spirit devotional by Charles H. Spurgeon this morning. Had HAD to share it:

Be Bold!

“In Him and through faith in Him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.” Ephesians 3:12, NIV

To me it is a most delightful reflection that if I come to the throne of God in prayer, I may feel a thousand defects, but yet there is hope. I usually feel more dissatisfied with my prayers than with anything else I do. We sometimes hear of persons commended for preaching well, but if any shall be enabled to pray well, there will be an equal gift and a higher grace to it.

But suppose in our prayers there should be defects of knowledge: It is a throne of grace, and our Father knows we have need of these things. Suppose there should be defects of faith: He sees our little faith and still does not reject it, small as it is. He does not in every case measure out His gifts by the degree of our faith, but by the sincerity and trueness of faith.

And if there should be grave defects in our spirit even, and failures in the fervency or in the humility of the prayer, still, though these should not be there and are much to be deplored, grace overlooks all this, forgives all this, and still its merciful hand is stretched out to enrich us according to our needs.

Surely this ought to induce many to pray who have not prayed and should make us who have been long accustomed to use the consecrated art of prayer to draw near with greater boldness than ever to the throne of grace.”

While I always want to be gracefully bold as a Christian, telling others about Jesus, encouraging, teaching, admonishing as He leads me…more than anything I long to pray to God with this kind of freedom and confidence. Not because I’m worthy, but because He is. Not because more prayer makes me feel more holy, but because I desire to know the Holy of Holies.

The more I know Him, the smaller I get and the larger He lives life through me. That’s bold at its best, and He gives it freely by His grace and for His glory.

Let’s take Spurgeon’s advice and “draw near with greater boldness than ever to the throne of grace.”

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4 Responses to Bold at its Best

  1. As I’ve said time and time again, I want to know God and then out of that knowing, lead others to know the same.

    Spurgeon’s words strike a chord in my soul today… these defects in my spirit, my prayers, my faith. Even then, God is attentive to my voice and draws near to my imperfections and calls them enough.

    What grace! What trust! What privilege!

    Kneeling my heart in prayer today and asking for more of God to rest more fully in me.

    Keep to it, sister. Thinking good thoughts of you today and praying God’s best for your life!

    peace~elaine
    elaine @ peace for the journey recently posted..a well-lived word {a lesson from "Frindle"}

  2. Joe Pote says:

    Oh, yes! To even pray at all may be seen as overly bold, to approach the throne of God, the creator of the universe with our pitiable petitions.

    And yet, because of His love for us, not only can we boldy approach the throne, but we can be assured that He will see past our limited vision to our heart-of-hearts to provide what we truly need of Him!

    Thank you, LauraLee!
    Joe Pote recently posted..Reflecting His Glory in Darkness!

  3. LauraLeeShaw says:

    Hi Elaine, I’m really behind on my conversing here at the blog. I really appreciate your coming by and commenting on the Spurgeon post. It seems our hearts are often in sync. Much love to you, sister, and I’ll try to pop by “Peace” soon.

  4. LauraLeeShaw says:

    Always love what you have to add, Joe. Thank you!

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