Prayer Tip: Pray BIG

Have you ever had an Ephesians 3:20 prayer time?  What’s that?  I’m glad you asked.  I like that verse in the Living Bible.

Eph. 3:20 LB Now glory be to God who by his mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of – infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes.

A————-B—————————————————C———————>>>>

Point A is what I think the need is and B is what I believe is actually possible in this life.  An Eph. 3:20 prayer is letting my imagination run wild and praying the greatest ‘answer’ C that I can dream up.  Be assured God can do infinitely beyond that!!!  That’s usually when I simply ask Him for everything that He has for me.

Try it.  You probably even have a much better imagination than I do.  That’s not a problem for God.

Prayer Tip: Do You Try to Tell God What to Do?

Often when we pray, we have in mind exactly what we think God should do, when He should do it, and we even try to tell Him how to do it.  Think about it.  Does that really make sense?

Isa. 55:8-9 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD. “For ”uc”>as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.”

His ways are so much higher and better than my ways, it doesn’t make sense to insist on my way.

Prov. 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.

I’ve concluded that if I’m going to trust Him fully and experience the good He has for me, I’ll need to distrust myself/my own understanding and not insist on what I think I want.

More often now I tell Him what I think the need is and then ask Him how I should pray.

Prayer Tip: You Can Talk to God About Everything

Do you talk to God about everything?  You certainly can.  And it’s not like it might be embarrassing or inappropriate since He already knows your thoughts before you think them.  Ps. 139:2-4

Phil. 4:6 LB  Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs and don’t forget to thank him for his answers.  If you do this you will experience God’s peace,…

When we are in a relationship with others we do certain things.  If it’s a love relationship, we willingly spend a lot of time with that person and we can talk for hours to them over big and small things.  We should realize that to have a vibrant relationship with God, we need to spend time with Him in His word and talking to him about everything.  Janice C.

Our relationship with God is different because God is Spirit and our relationship is by faith.  But it is just as real, longer lasting, and at a much deeper level of intimacy.  Our 5 senses are temporal and very limited.  Our relationship with God doesn’t have these limits.  Rom. 8:16   For example, we can dialogue with Him constantly since He is always with us – unlike any human relationship.

Try talking to God throughout the day about whatever you’re thinking and doing.  By the way, He knows everything there is to know about your job/school/endeavor and He’s eager to help.  Ps. 46:1

Prayer Tip: Only Two Purposes for Prayer

Dr. Hugel – There are two and only two purposes for prayer – 1) to bring us to God and 2) to get us in agreement with His perspective/will.

Prayer is not about overcoming God’s reluctance but rather laying hold of His willingness.  Isa. 30:18  “Therefore the LORD longs to be gracious to you…’

I John 5:14,15And this is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.

If prayer is fundamentally about getting to know God, how does that change the way you pray?

Prayer Tip: Is Bitterness Draining You of Life?

Are you (any hint of) bitter?  “All bitterness is ultimately toward God.” (since at the very least, God allowed ‘it’.)

Ephesians 4:30-31 (NASB)
30  Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God… 31  Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.

Bitterness towards people requires forgiveness….there is no other way to get rid of it – vs.32.  It is actually self-destructive.  Someone has said, “Bitterness is like you drinking poison and hoping the other person dies.”  A big key in forgiving others is choosing to focus on how much God has forgiven you.

But what about bitterness towards God?  That requires surrender … which comes out of trust which comes by God’s grace which comes out of humbling myself.  Possibly the greatest statement of faith in the Bible was made by Job, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him…” (13:15)  Can you truly believe that God causes all things to work together for good? Rom. 8:28  He really is that BIG.

We can’t really comprehend the extent of the destruction caused by being bitter …. And not just to ourselves, through our bitterness ‘many (everyone around us) are defiled’. Heb. 12:15

It should be obvious that bitterness hinders/chokes out the effectiveness of prayer.  A bitter person cannot experience the repentance that God blesses. (Heb. 12:17)

Pray ‘search me, O God’ this week to surrender and forgive and experience an unprecedented realm of largeness in your praying.

Prayer Tip: Are You Experiencing a Fearsome Storm (Overwhelming Adversity)?

Read Mark 4:35-41 when Jesus calmed the storm.  The disciples woke Jesus up with the question, “…do You not care that we are perishing?”  It sounded like they doubted His goodness and maybe His power. What did they expect Jesus to do?  Did they just want Him to express sympathy for their plight or actually do something and help bail water out of the boat?

Are you in the middle of a storm?  What do you fear? What do you want Jesus to do?  Would that really be the best and “fully satisfy” your need?  How do you know?

Jesus spoke to the wind and waves and all became perfectly calm – totally unexpected and beyond what the disciples had imagined possible.  Then Jesus asked the disciples, “Why are you afraid?”  What did Jesus want from the disciples?  What would faith look like with wind and waves sinking the boat?

What would faith look like in the midst of your storm? That may not be obvious…. but the passage suggests that at least we should not be fearful, that we should experience a profound peace in the midst of crashing wind and pounding waves.

We are to walk by faith and not by sight. Ask God for the gift of faith that gives you profound peace and sense of well-being in the midst of your storm.  Praise Him for what He’s going to do to fulfill His promise to ‘take you to the other side’.  Then you might ask if there is anything you need to do.

Prayer Tip: Wandering Sons and Daughters

I have a growing Wandering Sons and Daughters list that I pray for regularly. 

I pray that they (and all people) will know ‘fear of God’ in order to detect and hate their sin.  Psalm 36:1-2 NIV  (John 3:36 is true for every person.)

My request:  Abba, help them come to their senses and return home to You, the perfect Father, and know that You wait with open arms.  Luke 15:17-20

A verse I pray:  ‘I will give them a heart to know Me, for I am the Lord; and they will be My people, and I will be their God, for they will return to Me with their whole heart.’  Jer. 24:7

I give praise and thanks to God who is El Qanna – the Jealous One.  He laid down His life to win our all-consuming love and will zealously love us (read discipline) to exclude any and all others.  Ex. 34:14; 1 John 4:10; Heb. 12:6

I confess/acknowledge Him to be the Faithful One who convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment (John 16:8) and often ask help to avoid getting in His way.

I pray for His help and wisdom as parents to graciously speak truth in love according to the need of the moment and to eagerly wait with ‘a ring and a robe and family celebration’.

Meet you at the Throne.