PRAYER FOR BOLDNESS
And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. Eph. 6:19-20
Boldness ~ Speak freely, confident, established, daring.
It’s been a setup, Lord. I’ve been told by many not to speak. My ideas have not been mainstream. My spiritual insights have often been stretching to those who heard them. My boldness slowly corrupted over a lifetime. You are the only true healer of timidity.
I draw close to You to rebuild what has decayed. Make me into a confident child of the kingdom. Put Your words in my mouth. Give me opportunities to test them out so that I can know that they work by experience, not hear-say. Make my speech sharp as an arrow. Let my words be clear, not cobwebbed. Help me be direct and true, sincere and Spirit directed.
When bold, Lord, I will be like You. I will attract others or repel them. I will be popular or ridiculed. I will be loved or hated. When You spoke, they said You had a demon. They insulted You and called You an illegitimate child. They pulled out all the stops to discredit You. I should not be surprised if boldness brings severe reactions. Give me grace.
When I am timid with Your testimonies, forgive me. When I am bold to say You are the Christ, the only way to God, empower me. I follow Your lead, Lord. When rejected, You ran to Your Father. When I am rejected, I run to You. You are my great High Priest; touched by my every weakness.
Satan would celebrate when my mouth is shut up tight. Open it, Lord. Make me eloquent with the mystery of the Gospel. When You do, some will believe when You open their eyes. Others will crusade against You, and me. When I am rejected, live through me. You told the truth and most hated You. Then You gave Your life for them. Only Your Spirit can fuel such a life in me. Amen