4 Elements Of Big Prayers And The Great Potential Of Them

Praying Big Prayers Can Change Your Life For The Better

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Let me ask you question today: What big prayers are you praying?

A better question is: Are you praying for anything BIG?

Here’s what Scripture says about your prayers…

Mark 11:22–24 NLTse

22 Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God.

23 I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart.

24 I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.

Jesus connects two thoughts: Belief & Prayer

Why would you even waste your time praying for something that you don’t believe will happen?

I think many times we just HOPE God will do something but we don’t BELIEVE that he REALLY WILL.

We are like the little kid who looks at mom in the check out line and hopes she will give us the candy bar.

We don’t really believe she will, but we hope she will.

When you come to God…you have to BELIEVE BIG, but you have to do more than that. You also have to Pray BIG.

Praying big is the proof that you actually do believe big.

When you start to ask God for things that might seem crazy or impossible, it’s the proof that you believe BIG.

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You can pray for anything is a statement that needs to be taken literally again. In fact, you should pray for things that are so BIG it scares you just a little.

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Why? Because you are praying for things that are bigger than your ability to control.

If you don’t get anything else from this email, I hope that you will desire to pray for things bigger than you can handle, and bigger than you can control, and bigger than you can understand…and bigger than you can figure out HOW God will do it.

Here’s four things you need to know about praying Big:

1. BIG PRAYERS ARE BOLD

You’ll know when you are praying big because it will push you out of your comfort zone.

I have some things I’m praying right now that push me out of my comfort zone everytime I pray them.

In fact, praying BIG PRAYERS may even make you feel a little foolish at first. You may feel like, “How can I pray THIS? God has never done THIS for anyone else I know. Why would God do THIS for me? Why would God answer THIS prayer for me.”

I’m telling you, when those thoughts start to cross your mind…when you are a little afraid to tell people what you are praying for because you know that they might laugh…that’s when you are beginning to pray big enough.

Big prayers are bold.

How do you think the disciples felt when they walked up to the gate called beautiful?

They saw the beggar looking for some spare change from them. They knew that they weren’t going to give him what he asked for.

See…when you pray small…it’s like you are asking God for some spare change. It’s like that’s all you think he can do for you…Just a little bit.

Acts 3:6 NLTse

6 But Peter said, “I don’t have any silver or gold for you. But I’ll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, get up and walk!”

How much faith do you think it took for Peter to say that out loud where every one could hear him?

Peter said I don’t have money…but I have something else. Where do think Peter got ahold of the something else? He got ahold of the power of God through prayer.

Peter saw the move of God and experienced the response of God to a church in prayer, in unity, in faith, and in expectancy. It happened in Acts chapter 2.

2. BIG PRAYERS ARE PROPHETIC.

What I mean is that BIG PRAYERS literally shape your future.

If you really believe that God is going to answer your prayers, you’ll be careful what you pray because you understand that it is going to come true in your life.

Show me the size of a person’s prayers, and I will show you a picture of their future.

3. BIG PRAYERS STRETCH YOUR REALITY

Scripture says that God has endowed your words with creative power and ability.

Let me ask you a question: If YOUR words have the power to create reality…HOW MUCH MORE does BIG PRAYER have the power stretch and create your reality?

  • WHEN YOU PRAY, YOU ARE CREATING THE REALITY THAT YOU WANT TO LIVE IN.
  • WHEN YOU DON’T PRAY YOU ARE ACCEPTING THE REALITY THAT YOU NOW POSSESS.

I hear Christians complain about where they are in life and what is happening or not happening and my response is: If you don’t like your life, start praying for it.

Don’t just pray…but PRAY BIG!

4. BIG PRAYERS ALTER YOUR VISION

Here’s my challenge to you: Start praying BIG whether you believe God will answer or not.

The simple act of BIG, FAITH-STRETCHING PRAYERS will begin to grow your faith. If you keep on praying them, you will eventually believe what you are praying for and God WILL MOVE according to your faith.

BIG PRAYERS increase your vision.

They open your eyes to possibilities.

The longer you pray something big the more faith you grow to receive it.

In conclusion…

I challenge you to:

  • Pray for BIG things…even when BIG THINGS seem completely impossible.
  • Pray for BIG things…even when you are not sure how it will all work out.
  • Pray for BIG things…even when you are a little afraid of how it will push you personally when God DOES IT.

What is YOUR VISION?

What do YOU SEE GOD DOING IN YOUR LIFE?

Are you praying BIG for anything?

  • I challenge you to write down 5 things that you need to pray about.
  • Then, write down 5 BIG PRAYERS that you will pray about them.
  • START PRAYING THEM EVERY SINGLE DAY UNTIL YOU CAN SEE THE ANSWER MORE CLEARLY THAN YOU CAN SEE THE PROBLEM.

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The Serenity Prayer: Use It To Unlock Faith’s Best Kept Secret

Pray This Classic Prayer To Shine A Light In Your Darkness

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We’ve all had those moments when our life seems to be in the dark. You seek direction, clarity, anything to point the way. It’s in these scenarios that you can feel the void of faith like somehow God is a million miles away. But faith has a secret that most people won’t tell you about, and that’s what I want to share with you.

Here is faith’s best-kept secret: Faith is about walking in the dark.

No one wants to hear this fact about faith. I’ll admit that I’d rather not write about it. We had much rather think of faith as something that makes things in our life cheerful, peaceful, and serene.

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For complete transparency’s sake, allow me to say that I do believe faith in your life will produce these feelings at some point. Faith always lifts us into a greater place with God, just not always at first.

Often faith involves working, praying, and sorting things out during the dark times of your life. These situations are where the serenity prayer unlocks the secret of faith. It helps you pray the right prayer in the dark times.

The serenity prayer is well known and often quoted. It begins with these words:
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.

Are there things in life that you cannot change? Yes. Absolutely.
Faith helps us to accept that God has a plan. There are nuances of his plan that we don’t understand, and frankly, there are portions of his plan we probably want to change.

Not everything works out the way you thought it would, but this is when faith is most necessary. The reason faith is so closely linked to trust is that you have to operate it in the dark. You have to hold God’s hand and trust that he is leading you and guiding you.

The serenity prayer reminds us that we have to develop the wisdom to see that some things work out how you desire and other things don’t.

You won’t be able to see all the outcomes you would like to see at the beginning of your journey. But these moments of trust have a powerful impact when it comes to faith building. They are irreplaceable.

As I look back over my life to this point, I see things from a different perspective. On the one hand, faith is absolutely about walking in the dark. Faith is about being comfortable in the dark, walking through the unknown, and relying on God to steer you clear of anything that would harm you. But on the other hand, it is about looking into your heart and focusing your gaze on the light.

If you’re following Jesus Christ, darkness may be all around you; but God’s light is burning inside of you. You need to look at the light.

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Now, allow me to be transparent again: Following Jesus and looking at the light still won’t necessarily reveal everything you want to see about your situation. His light is too bright. It washes out everything except himself.

Whether you are focusing on the light or stumbling in the darkness, following Jesus is always about trust. But if you just trust and follow, God will lead you to a place where you can gain perspective. When you let God’s light inside of you shine, you can look back and see how far you’ve come.

You may not see everything ahead, but the light will clearly show what God has brought you through. It is a perspective of faith that brings peace, joy, and serenity.
So, you probably know the first part of the Serenity prayer, but there is more to it.

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The Serenity Prayer

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time,
Enjoying one moment at a time,

Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace,
Taking, as Jesus did,
This sinful world as it is,
Not as I would have it,

Trusting that You will make all things right,
If I surrender to Your will,

So that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
And supremely happy with You forever in the next.
Amen.

In the end, if you will continue holding on to your faith, you will have the opportunity to see those things that you have trusted God about, begin actually to take shape.

It isn’t easy to have faith sometimes, but the Serenity Prayer helps us to remember that hardships really can be the path to peace, and that if we do surrender to God’s will he will work out everything for us along the journey.

Faith is about:

  • Walking in the dark.
  • Looking inside our heart to see the light.
  • Stopping to look back and see where we’ve been.
  • Holding on for what lies ahead.
  • Trusting God for the outcome.

Question: What are you trusting God for during the dark times of your life?

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