A little over 3 years ago I began a prayer journey. Weary of praying wimpy, powerless prayers, I decided to start praying as if I actually believed what I was praying and furthermore, to pray for things that were big. Miracles really. The kinds of things that only God could do and then to actually believe He would do them. Either I believe the Bible or I don’t, and if I do, then I need to start praying like I do.
Really God was wooing me, because of his great love for me, drawing me out of a powerless faith one prayer at a time.
During that time I heard it argued that one should not pray and believe for things that seem impossible because then we might get our hopes up. And oh what a shame it would be if we got our hopes up?! Isn’t hope the point? It is our hope (eager expectation for a future good) that fuels powerful prayers that become prayers of faith (sure of what we hope for, certain of what we do not see). God responds to faith.
Along this journey I came to see something that brought light to how to pray powerful prayers.
When Jesus tells us how to pray He says to pray:
“…Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
This implies some things that I think many Christians often overlook.
- God’s will is not always being done on earth.
- We have a role to play in Gods will and kingdom coming from Heaven to earth.
In other words, our prayers can move heaven to earth. Our prayers for God’s will to be done can cause His will to be done.
God’s will is always being done in heaven. However, everything that happens in this life on earth is not God’s will. We can partner with God to see His Kingdom come and His will be done. Which is what Jesus asked us to do when He told us how to pray. I once heard John Eldredge say something to the effect that Jesus did not say, “pray that the sun will rise”, or “pray that I will always love you”, because those things are a given. Obviously if we have been told by Jesus pray for God’s will to be done and pray for His kingdom to come then those are not givens, those require our prayers.
I don’t want to limit God with weak, powerless prayers and living. I want to see Heaven come to earth through our prayers that are full of hope, faith and power.
I dare you, stop praying wimpy prayers and start praying powerful prayers.
Because there is hope!
Pray for the impossible!
I know a man who just got healed of lung & pancreatic cancer, the kind that is terminal and he is alive and well and cancer free!!!
I know of marriages on the brink of divorce that have been restored!
I’ve seen friends in pits of depression and addiction be set free and get their lives back!
There is hope for whatever situation surrounds you and those you love.
Forsaking wimpy, complaining, begging prayers for powerful, full of faith, hope and confidence in God’s goodness prayers will change you from the inside out. It will also change the world around you and beyond as you see heaven come to earth in response to your prayers.
Ok, so you might be asking yourself what are powerful prayers, what does that look and sound like?
Powerful prayers are not yelling, running around spitting at something until it lines up with some weird idea you have. Powerful prayers are not long whining sessions where we list our complaints to God. They don’t come from knowing some formula or specific words, but from knowing who we are.
We pray powerful prayers when we know who we are in Christ and we understand the authority He has given us. It is when we posture ourselves as a child of the King and when we begin to walk as royalty we pray as royalty.
Powerful prayers are praying for things that we know line up with God’s will and the kingdom of heaven and then declaring them to be so and believing they will be. (This requires a deeper understanding of what God’s will is which would be another post, but I can tell you without question a few things; that it is always God’s will to heal the sick, restore relationships, and provide for His children).
It’s just so often we have good hearts and good intentions but we pray wimpy prayers. But you know what is amazing? God in his amazing grace still hears all the prayers whether they are powerful or not. Sometimes whining is all we’ve got and God hears that. Because He loves his children and so He will listen, but there is a shift in the atmosphere when we pray with the authority Jesus gave us.
So like I said, I dare you to pray powerful prayers and see how it changes you and the world around you!