Message From Matt | January 11, 2018


My earliest memory of doing something bold was when I was around 7 years old with the kid across the street named Billy.  Billy thought he was the king of the block and one day he and a few of his friends came across the street to show me how tough he was and I assume how weak I was.  Being that this was nearly 40 years ago, I don’t remember all of the details, but what I remember is that he and his posse came across the street, said a few words and then he proceeded to shove me to the ground.  What did I do? Here is where the boldness comes in….I immediately jumped up from the ground and punched him in the gut!  He doubled over and then made his way back across the street in a type of  “walk of shame.”

In that moment, I wasn’t thinking about what if he and his friends ganged up on me after the punch, as I’m sure that I wouldn’t fare well.  I wasn’t thinking that my parents would be my back up if the whole “punch in the gut” thing didn’t work out, because they probably didn’t even  know what was taking place.  Of all the scenarios that could have taken place from that interaction, I just instinctively stood up to the bully…and thankfully it worked out!  Funny thing, and in typical boy fashion, Billy and I became great friends after that exchange, and until the time that he moved away,  we rode bikes around the neighborhood, played ball in the parkway and hung out together.   

Looking back, I remember that being a scary moment but more so being a glorious moment!  It wasn’t glorious because I won.  It was glorious because I had boldness to stand up to a bully! 

Do you know that God wants you to have boldness in your life, especially in your prayer life?  According to Paul in

Hebrews 4:16,  God wants you to come boldly to the “throne of grace”! The word, “boldly”, according to the 1828 Webster’s Dictionary, means “to act courageously, without timidity and fear, and with confidence”  and that definition gives me a clear understanding of how God wants us to pray.  God wants us to pray with confidence!  Our boldness/confidence in Christ should never be arrogant and centered around ourselves, but it should be about knowing that God is listening to us (Isaiah 59:1); that He won’t leave us (Hebrews 13:5); and that He has the best thoughts towards us (Jeremiah 29:11).  We should have confidence that the Holy Spirit in us “is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20).  We should have confidence/boldness in our Heavenly Father because He is able and has given us the Holy Spirit to help us!

How do we get this boldness/confidence?  The answer is simple… Have Faith in God!  Look at these verses written by Paul and inspired by God:
  •  “For through him (Jesus) we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father”. – Ephesians 2:18  
  • In whom (Jesus) we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of Him.” – Ephesians 3:12
  •  “By whom (Jesus) also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” – Romans 5:1-2

I believe in God and I have confidence that He is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that I ask or think!  I believe that God is with me!  I believe that God wants me to talk to Him!  I believe that He wants me to come boldly and confidently to Him because His Word says so.  Do you believe this?  I hope so!  

The Father is listening!  Let us come before Him confidently!

Matt Roller