When to Pray Boldly

Harry Buis

READ : Psalm 83:1-5, 13-18

Godly persons in Bible times were very reverent. Yet they also prayed with great boldness. In the first verses of this Psalm, the author is saying essentially, “God, your enemies are busy, you had better get busy too.”

They also identified themselves with God (vv. 4,5). One is reminded of how Jesus describes Paul’s persecution of believers as persecuting him. Believers are the body of Christ; attacks on the church are attacks against God.

The Psalmist is saying that the God of the past is the God of the present (v. 9). God has done great things in the past by defeating his enemies. He can do it again, and he will.

And the Psalmist considers God’s answer to his prayer as having an evangelistic thrust. “Cover their faces with shame, so that men will seek your name, O Lord” (v. 16). “Let them know that you, whose name is the Lord-that you alone are the Most High over all the earth” (v. 18).

The Psalm writer is saying, “Answer my prayer so that the world will see how great you are.” “Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God.” Come boldly to the throne of God’s grace.


Father, we bow in reverence. We ask you to do great things for your glory. For Jesus’ sake. Amen.