Asking with no Asterisk

How do we pray?  That was a question that the disciples asked of Jesus, and a question that is still important to be asked today.  In Luke 11, Jesus responds to the question with a very specific prayer, and is gracious enough to spoon feed his people the answer they were seeking.

But he follows up the specific prayer with a couple of stories to help His people pray better.  The themes of both stories are to raise your expectation of your prayers...high expectation is directly related to deep fatih.  Faith is being certain of what you hope for, and hope and expectation are synonymous.  I've heard some say that faith is hope with work clothes on...it's an bold action you take based on a high expectation of and trust in God.

My prayers can easily drift into language that allows my expectation to be lower, just in case I need to protect myself from an unanswered prayer or an uncomfortable answer to prayer.  I'll ask for something in prayer, and quickly follow it up with, "But only if it's Your will" or "But if that's not what you want to do then that's fine."  Not saying it's wrong to openly acknowledge that God's plan can look differently than I expected, but I've found  that I often hide behind those statements just to protect myself.  But I love the language in Luke 11 verse 8...the NIV says the person in the story got what he asked for because of his "shameless audacity."  WOW!  I love that.  God is looking for audacious, bold prayers.  You need a healthy dose of boldness as way of exhibiting your faith. 

Do not ask for something and then include an asterisk, reminding God "I'm totally ok if you decide my prayer is ridiculous."  Just ask with shameless audacity. Ask with boldness.  No conditions.  No disclaimer.  No asterisk.