Praying Beyond the Comfortable

“When I called, you answered me; you made me bold and stouthearted” (Psalm 138:3).

As Christians, all of us have prayed for the salvation of others. Have you ever prayed for anyone to be healed, or delivered from a life of bondage to the enemy? Is praying for an unreached people group something you have never considered? Have you ever prayed for boldness to stretch beyond what has always been “comfortable” or boldness to step out in faith to share Christ, to lay hands on the sick, to come against the enemy of our souls?

Consider the boldness of Moses, who, when faced with the reality of a leprous Miriam, cried out to the Lord, “O God, please heal her!” (Numbers 12:13) It wasn’t a very profound prayer, but it was heartfelt and God responded. Jesus told the story of the friend at midnight in Luke 11:8 and then says, “I tell you, though he will not get up and give him the bread because he is his friend, yet because of the man’s boldness he will get up and give him as much as he needs.” The persistence inspired by boldness stretches us!

Taken from the article Stretching Your Prayer Muscles by Dave and Kim Butts.  Click on the blue title to read the rest of the article. 

Lord Jesus, sometimes I feel stuck in a rut as I pray.  Would you expand my vision beyond the comfortable and stretch my prayer life to be more like Yours?  Please give me the deep intimacy with God that You had with Him so that I might know His heart more fully and pray what He longs to accomplish in and through my life. 

Prayer Points

Praise God as the source of all that you need, in both the spiritual and material realms. Thank God for giving you the ability to produce wealth and to meet basic physical needs. Confess those times when you have thought, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me” (Deut. 8:17-18). Commit yourself to envisioning each day the strength and power of God carrying you along in your work. Ask God to open your eyes to your utter dependence on him.

Pray for those who are materially wealthy in your congregation, that they may be moved “to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.” Thank God for his promise that this leads to a more sure treasure than material wealth (1 Tim. 6:17-19).

–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend  (Click on the blue title for more information about this resource).

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