There have been seasons of my life where I was led to Pray Big. Each time I sought God in a Big way, He seemed to always do Big things… Over the past month or so, I have been challenged by Scripture to pray Big Prayers. It also seems that everywhere I turn, God is saying, “Trust Me, I Am your source, I can handle it, I will provide.”
I have been re-reading “Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire” by Jim Cymbala. This book challenged me many years ago to be God Dependent and as I have been reading it again, I have a new, fresh dependency upon God. It seems that through the busyness of life, I had began to pray those normal, sissy prayers… You know, “Lord, keep us safe, provide for us, speak to my heart, show me the way, God bless the USA….” I have found that these things do not normally bring a lot of Glory to our Lord because it’s the Big prayers that He answers that He gets the most glory for!
My last post was on August 9th, where I discussed getting “Back to the Basics”. God has reminded me that if I am going to be a 1st Century Christian in the 21st Century, I must get back to the basics in my prayer life. In Acts, the 1st Century Believers where faced with all kinds of opposition and persecution. But they did not pray the normal prayers… They prayed Big Prayers to a Big God because they were on a Big Mission!
In fact, in Acts 4:29-30, they prayed, “Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” I love it, they didn’t pray for safety and strength. They prayed for BOLDNESS! Boldness had gotten them into the mess they were in, but they prayed for more BOLDNESS and as God would stretch out His hand to work in the lives of those around them, they wanted to be able to speak the Gospel w/ Boldness!
That’s a Big Prayer! I have been praying this prayer and a few other Big Prayers for about 47 days now and I have seen God do some Big Things! What are you praying for? Are you praying for Boldness? Are you praying Big prayers? We serve a Big God and we are on a Big Mission, why not Pray Big?