Why You Should Be Shameless in Prayer
There’s no shame in living shameless. From the name of a television series to unapologetic twitter feeds, the more shameless a person is, it seems, the more popular he or she becomes. We advance our platforms and indulge our appetites in things that once produced healthy shame.
Is it too much to suggest that the church has thrown its own hat into the ring?
For years, the church buried sin and shame under the carpet (which is a whole other problem), but now it seems the pendulum has swung to the other side with our brazen confessions and transparent preferences. We flaunt our brokenness, our messiness, content to wallow in the dirt. We are shameless in our confessions of struggling with prayer, lust, addictions … content to never move on.
We are too often a flagrant church living in a country without shame.
There is a difference between having no shame and being shameless.
Under Christ, our shame has been covered by the blood of the Lamb. We are blameless because it was costly to Christ. Our shamelessness was bought at a price. May we never forget this. Our dirtiness, our brokenness, our messiness cost Him.
If I flaunt my shamelessness may it only be because of what He has already done in me. His death procured my living shame-free.
The Lord refers to our shamelessness in Scripture. But I am reminded of a particular passage in Luke where the Lord uses this word in regards to a spiritual discipline, not in regards to my justification. I had never made the connection before, but I believe it bears contemplation.
A Persistent Prayer Life
In Luke 11:5-8 Jesus tells the following story:
“Then, teaching them more about prayer, he used this story: “Suppose you went to a friend’s house at midnight, wanting to borrow three loaves of bread. You say to him, ‘A friend of mine has just arrived for a visit, and I have nothing for him to eat.’ And suppose he calls out from his bedroom, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is locked for the night, and my family and I are all in bed. I can’t help you.’ But I tell you this—though he won’t do it for friendship’s sake, if you keep knocking long enough, he will get up and give you whatever you need because of your shameless persistence.”
He will give it to you because of your shameless persistence.
If I am shameless in anything, let it be in my persistent prayer life. Not in my brokenness or messiness, but in my urgent need for Him.
Our prayers reflect how much we think we need God. When we don’t seek His face, it shows we don’t think we need Him and His resurrection power. We are to pray continuously. He delights in this.
Sometimes I feel like a child, asking the Lord over and over again, “Do you hear me? Are you listening?” But this is what He desires ... persistence. He wants our persistence not our lukewarmness.
In Prayer Power Unlimited, J. Oswald Sanders says,
“The lesson is that lukewarmness in prayer, as in everything else, is nauseating to God, and comes away empty-handed. On the other hand, shameless persistence, returns with the answer in its hands.”
When we persistently seek the face of God, we receive answers in our time of need. We don’t always get what we ask for. Sometimes years later, we see the workings of God where we had not before. But when we are persistent, our heart is connected with God’s during intercession and the gift of His presence is the true reward.
This is worth being shameless for. Our shameless persistence shows our desperate need for Him. May we keep knocking on the door, seeking His face, asking for His kingdom come. May we be known for our shamelessness in prayer.
And, “he will get up and give you whatever you need because of your shameless persistence.”