By: Kelli Artherton
“God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.” Ephesians 3:20-21 MSG
Do you pray for what you want? Are you trusting in God enough to ask him for the really BIG things? God wants to do more than you could ever expect or imagine. It begins with your prayers. If you don’t believe God wants to bless you, you won’t pray. You have to believe.
I know this sounds very bold, but after sitting in church a couple of weeks ago, Pastor John Lindell from James River Church, preached on exactly this. I thought wow! I am not praying hard enough or boldly enough. God isn’t offended by bold prayer requests, he is honored that you are asking for the things only He can do.
Prayers are prophesy, they predict your spiritual future. If we don’t pray we can’t expect Him to work in our life.
James 4:3: “You have not because you ask not. Ask and you will receive.”
Pastor Lindell continued to tell the story of Jabez, a descendant of Judah, and how he prayed for exactly what he wanted. He prayed boldly and confidently. He knew only God could provide for his exact needs.
Here is how he prayed:
1. He prayed for God to bless him in a huge way. The way only God could.
2. He prayed for God to enlarge his influence. That he might lead others to look toward God. Bless me so I can bless others
3. He prayed for God to empower him.
Acts. 11:21: “The Lord’s hand was with them, and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord.”
4. He prayed for God to protect him.
1 Chronicles 4:10: “Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my border, and that your hand might be with me, and that you would keep me from harm so that it might not bring me pain!”
God granted exactly what he asked for, and He will for you as well. All you have to do is ask and believe. If you ask and don’t believe it won’t happen. We know life can be hard, but if you put your hope and faith in the right place anything is possible! The best is yet to come!