I once heard a preacher erroneously teach Hebrews Chapter 4 verse 16…

Hebrews 4:16 (NKJV) 

16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

He said in essence that we are to approach God ‘boldly’, even saying, “Do it right now Lord!”


As you already know, it simply means we have direct access to God (Yah), through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (Yeshua).

It does NOT give us permission to tell God what to do.

Even though we don’t have to always be on our knees when we pray YOU’RE ALWAYS IN POSITION TO PRAY/ 9 PROPER POSTURES (REBOOT)…, We do always have approach God with a humble spirit.

Look at how Jesus Himself fell on His face in the garden…

Matthew 26:39 (NKJV)

39 He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.

So, please be careful! It’s easy to allow the passion of our desires, our confidence in Him, the urgency of our need, and especially during worship to allow ‘the intensity of the moment and worship experience or the charisma of the ‘leader’ to turn our prayer into a bold demand on God to meet our expectations when and how we’re ready.

Even in the lamenting Psalms such as Numbers 3,4,5,7,12 13, 14, 17, 22, 25, 44, 126, or 129 ( there are many others, I suggest you do a study of them if you haven’t already) God is teaching us through how to lament, and express our ‘disappointment’ in and ‘impatience’ with God in reverence and respect.

Prayer is a beautiful privilege of being a child of God, but we must remember that that’s just what it is…a privilege.

Let us not give those with authority over us in our lives more respect than we give God.



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  1. “Not my will, but Thy will be done” is my favorite prayer.

    I have heard some “name it and claim it” believers call that kind of praying a lack of faith, but I know it is a prayer of trust. I trust God, and because I do, my faith is in Him, not in my words!

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  2. So very true, pastor. I’m not about to tell God anything much less DEMAND. I know my words don’t mean JACK. And the same is true for the rest of us and I’ll believe that until I see one of these guys walk on water and raise the dead.

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  3. Yes, this is where I think people sometimes take things out of context. Praying on command, not necessarily at God, but praying for healing in the moment, instantly, etc. It isn’t that I don’t believe He can’t heal in the moment, but it is definitely about His will. I heard a pastor once preach, which did make me think, that we already have the answer that Christ is willing. We see it from a man who asked Jesus for healing, if He was willing, and Christ said I am. I do see the direction the pastor was going, and I think this is more focused on confidence in God, rather than anything else. But nonetheless, something we should be careful with. 🙂

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  4. Speaking for myself, and wanting this to always be my attitude concerning God’s answers to my prayers no matter how I want it to be different than what His will is, may He receive the greatest glory. Amen~

    Have a wonderfully blessed day, Brother Al! \o/

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  5. Agreed. God revealed that to me about myself recently. It began with pure motives. But what I thought was surrender had gradually become a demand. Scripture isn’t kidding when it says the heart is deceitful. I didn’t recognize it in myself and was horrified when the Holy Spirit made it evident. Thank God for his gifts of repentance and mercy.

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