We had a guest speaker at church a couple weeks ago. Oscar Muriu, the Senior Pastor of the Nairobi Chapel in Kenya helped us kick off “Celebration of Hope”, our annual “compassion campaign.” The highlight of the activities is a weekend of seed packing. Vegetable seeds are put into envelopes and distributed around the world. The seeds equip people to grow and sell their own vegetables. Last weekend, more than one million seed packs were packed.
Pastor Muriu challenged people in our church to pray “audaciously.” He told us to “make God sweat” when we pray. In other words, don’t ask for easy stuff but be reckless, unrestrained, and uninhibited in what we pray for. I saw the following definition of “audacious” online somewhere.
- Fearlessly, often recklessly daring; bold.
- Unrestrained by convention or propriety; brazen or insolent.
- Spirited and original.
I love these. Daring, bold, brazen and insolent. Have you ever thought of being brazen or insolent when you pray? Nah…Me either.
I’m pretty bad at praying. I don’t do it enough and when I do pray I ask for the same stuff all the time. Paul tells us to “…devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” I can’t really be audacious if I don’t devote myself to praying more. I’m gonna try it. Let’s make God sweat.