[auth]People who are familiar with Israel may have come across the term chutzpah. Deriving from Yiddish (a fusion of Hebrew and German) it literally means 'audacity' which in turn means 'bold, plucky'.
The word is usually used in a negative sense. If you have cheekily or arrogantly overstepped the boundaries of decent behaviour, it is used to express displeasure. Yet is can be also used to express boldness and courage. Jesus likes humble chutzpah faith and He told us as much in his parables like the one of the prayer of the persistent widow in Luke 18:1 "Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up...'
Rather than an arrogant attitude however, He wants a bold determination in our requests to God which show how much we trust Him who loves us beyond measure. Yet this confidence in the disciples is birthed in a heart which is authentically in sync with Him: (we) receive from him anything we ask, because we obey his commands and do what pleases him (1 John 3:22).
Fasting is a sure way to back our prayers with a resolve which is shown in our willingness to back our soft prayer with sacrificial action. The Lord is drawn to this committed type of petition and in Jesus' own words, promises us: And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly (Luke 18:6-8)
There is one thing of which we are assured. Our Heavenly Father cares for us and rewards all those who earnestly seek Him (Heb 11:6). Get on your knees, pray with a resolute chutzpah and leave the rest in the Lord's hands.[/auth]