Day 6: Praying Brave with a Yes Heart
We discovered that brave prayers require trust.
I’m singing now, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your path straight. Don’t worry about tomorrow. He’s got it under control. So trust in the Lord with all your heart and He will carry you through.”
When Jodie asked what I thought praying brave prayers with a yes heart looked like this was my immediate response:
Brave prayers require trust.
Our family can attest to this as a family in the ministry who has experienced much change over 17 years.
When my husband lost his job many years ago I sat there, in shock and awe of the situation, I was just floored.
What do you mean you prayed for this?
“I asked God to take it away if it was not His will”, he replied.
And God had done just that and we had to begin the search for where to go next. We began to pray. Prayers that God would take care of our basic needs first and foremost but mostly that God would lead us where to go next. I have no idea how…but for nine months God took care of our every need. We did not want for anything and had excess of much. God lead us to where we needed to be and now we find ourselves back in shock and awe of the situation, wondering if it is God’s will.
Can I be honest and tell you that I am afraid to pray brave prayers right now?Because I am afraid that the answer may not be what I expect or want? This can lead to disappointment in the moment. The key there being…in the moment.
I have to remember to pray brave because of the promises that have been fulfilled in the past.
Even when I don’t understand the disappointments of the moment, if I cling to the fulfillment of the past it helps me to pray more boldly in the future.
Brave prayers require trust.
Trust that sees past the circumstances of today.
Trust that remains when disappointment creeps over us.
Trust that resolves to press in when we don’t understand.
So, I cling to Psalm 27:14 “Wait for the Lord, be strong and let your heart take courage, yes wait for the Lord.” And I trust.
Let’s be women who trust in the Lord to answer our brave prayers.
Join us in prayer today:
Life can be hard and confusing. Life can be burdensome and there are times when we doubt Your will or the answers You may give but because Your word tells us You are faithful we can trust. Lord, just like Joshua trusted You to be delivered to the promised land as a spy and then continued to trust You as he led the march around Jericho may we trust You in the past, the present, and the future to lead us to not only pray brave prayers but to also listen to the answers You provide.
We hope you meet us back here tomorrow as we discuss brave prayers that continue when there is pain.
Praying with and for you, trusting God~ Donna
Proverbs 3:5-6; Hebrews 11:30; Philippians 4:11-2; Psalm 62:5-8