– Matthew 11:12
Cultivating a fearless spirit with bold faith will result in a greater measure of blessing being released through our prayers. When we believe in faith without any doubt in our hearts, Jesus said what we pray for will be answered.
God has not given us a spirit of fear or timidity, but of power, love and self control. When we take this posture in prayer, we are standing on the assurance of the victory that has been purchased for us through the cross.
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12)
Boldness to stand against the demonic activity around those we pray for will often make a significant difference. Sometimes it will be the difference between life and death.
A fearless spirit enables us to rise into our authority and withstand and quench the attacks of the devil.
“The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.” (1 John 3:8)
“…that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.” (Ephesians 6:11)
“…take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one.” (Ephesians 6:16) “From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by force.” (Matthew 11:12)
In Christ and through faith, we can now approach the throne of grace with confidence, and it’s from this place of assurance of our authority in Christ that we can boldly take our stand against the enemy.
Boldness in prayer also comes from knowing the One to whom you are praying. He is utterly trustworthy, all-powerful and all-knowing; with God, all things are possible. We can expect God to move and respond to our prayers. We aren’t demanding, we are simply confident of who He is.
“And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.” (Acts 4:31)
The Acts Church were known for their boldness in their speech and in their faith. We read the words they prayed and how they knew the Lord would answer and move on their behalf to perform signs, wonders, and miracles. That is the boldness and fearlessness that we can know also and that the Lord will surely cause great blessing to be released in response to our faith-filled prayers.