I was reading the devotional book “God Calling” and ran across the term “sublime audacity”. I wasn’t sure what the term meant so I looked up each word separately and tried to put them together to understand the meaning. Sublime refers to being elevated or lofty in thought or inspirational, magnificent and heavenly while audacity refers to boldness, fearlessness and courageousness. When I put them together what I got out of the lesson is that we should be bold in our faith and believe that God can do the impossible.
“Dare to suffer, dare to conquer, be filled with My sublime audacity. Remember that. Claim the unclaimable. Just what the world would think impossible can always be yours. Remember, My children, sublime audacity.”
So do we place limits on what we believe God can do? Do we only ask him for the things that we feel like we can accomplish with our own skills and abilities? Have you ever been in need of a financial blessing and just asked God for the bare minimum rather than taking a leap of faith and asking for the full amount and the extra money that you needed? Have you ever asked God for a miracle and were afraid of asking for the full miracle? Have you dared to dream big thinking it would never happen for you?
According to Pastor Mark Batterson, the author of the Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears, “God isn’t offended by our biggest dreams and boldest prayers. He is offended by anything less”. He further states that “Bold prayers honor God, and God honors bold prayers.”
In my own life I have limited God by limiting my prayers and requests with what I thought was possible in my restricted mind. When I became a published author and was asked about the number of books that I wanted to sell, I thought to myself that I wanted to sell at least 1,000 to 2,000 books. I basically looked at my own network and my own abilities and concluded that I could probably sell that many books. Since I had never imagined myself being a published author in the first place, I thought the miracle was in getting published so I began to limit God on the number of books I thought I could sell. So my prayer was Lord let me sell a book to everyone I know and a another thousand or so people.
What I was afraid to speak out loud less lone pray was that in the back of my mind I really wanted to someday have a book that could become a New York Times best seller which would require that over a million books be sold. I have read book after book that had on the jacket New York Times Bestseller, yet I was afraid to ask God for the miracle. According to Batterson, we are one prayer away from a dream fulfilled, a promise kept, or a miracle performed.
I have read the Circle Maker at least three times and have two favorite quotes:
- One hundred percent of the prayers we don’t pray will go unanswered.
- If you don’t take the risk, you forfeit the miracle.
In other words, we need to have “sublime audacity” believing that God can do exceedingly abundantly above all we ask or think (Ephesians 3:30). We need to believe what Luke 18:27 says, “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God. Or Matthew 19:26 “But with God all things are possible.”
Here are four things to remember when we want the miracle:
- Remember God loves bold prayers
- We should pray boldly but humbly
- We should pray persistently
- We should pray expectantly
It is a good idea to keep a regular prayer journal so that you can see God’s hand at work in our lives. I love looking back a year or two at my prayer journal and seeing the miracles God had done in my life. A few years ago we needed a financial miracle. Based on our own power it would take 7 to 10 years to have what we needed for what we were trying to do. I took the advice offered in the Circle Maker and begin to pray boldly and persistently. I took the risk and asked for the miracle and within two years my dream and our prayer became our reality. Look at God!
Go ahead and trust God to fix your situation. Whether it be a relationship issue, a wayward child, a financial issue, a spiritual need, a dream or your greatest fear, start asking and believing that God will come through for you more than you could have ever imagined.
I will close with another passage form Mark Batterson’s book. “When you live by faith, it often feels like you are risking your reputation. You’re not. You’re risking God’s reputation. It’s not your faith that is on the line. It’s His faithfulness. Why? Because God is the one who made the promise, and He is the only one who can keep it. The battle doesn’t belong to you it belongs to God. And because the battle doesn’t belong to you, neither does the glory. God answers prayer to bring glory to His name, the name that is above all names.”