Praying bold prayers

James 1:5-8 (MSG)
If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You’ll get his help, and won’t be condescended to when you ask for it. Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought. People who “worry their prayers” are like wind-whipped waves. Don’t think you’re going to get anything from the Master that way, adrift at sea, keeping all your options open.

God desires that we be direct and up front when we ask Him for things. He wants us to come straight to Him when things start to get crazy.

Too often we try other options before going to to Him (I know I do). We speak with our own ideas and solutions and carry on like He is not even there. Or if we do pray, we worryingly cry out not expecting Him to come through for us.

But He is just waiting to calm your storm, to bring peace and speak into the problem you are facing right now.

Try it! Come boldly and with faith, expecting an answer.

When facing your Red Sea…help is here!

Hebrews 11:29 NLT

‘It was by faith that the people of Israel went right through the Red Sea as though they were on dry ground. But when the Egyptians tried to follow, they were all drowned’.

Are you facing a Red Sea moment? Are you feeling hemmed in on every side, surrounded by the taunts of the enemy, deep water, mighty cliffs, huge waves and rushing winds?

The closeness, the sheer magnitude and ferociousness of such a situation can be overwhelming. Where do you go when you are blocked and restricted?

Don’t fear. This is a good place to be! You have nowhere to look but up. God now has the ability to do a mighty miracle through you.

As your faith rises up and the waves get closer God will part the sea right before your eyes. You won’t know how, but suddenly, what looked impossible will be transformed by the very miracle working power of God.

So come toward the raging sea and allow God to part it for you.

“Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:13-14

It’s coming…just wait

Habakkuk 2:2-3 (NIV)

‘Then the Lord replied: Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it. For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and not delay.’

What are you waiting on? What is the revelation or Word God has promised you? Is it a miracle? A job? A spouse? A healing? A baby?

If it’s truly from God you must write it down. Write it on paper, on your wall, anywhere, but most importantly on your heart.

God gives the revelation and desires of our heart by planting them in the form of a seed. This seed takes time to develop and grow. Let it grow through patience and endurance and at the perfect moment, BANG!

When the conditions are right and the fertile soil of your heart is in line to receive it, the revelation you were shown in the spiritual realm, will manifest in the natural.

There is a purpose in waiting. Waiting allows your faith to grow and mature in preparation for the blessing.

Have you written it down? Are you running with it? Now wait…it will certainly come and not delay!

Don’t climb the fence

John 10:1-10 (MSG)

“Let me set this before you as plainly as I can. If a person climbs over or through the fence of a sheep pen instead of going through the gate, you know he’s up to no good—a sheep rustler! The shepherd walks right up to the gate. The gatekeeper opens the gate to him and the sheep recognize his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he gets them all out, he leads them and they follow because they are familiar with his voice. They won’t follow a stranger’s voice but will scatter because they aren’t used to the sound of it.”

Jesus told this simple story, but they had no idea what he was talking about. So he tried again. “I’ll be explicit, then. I am the Gate for the sheep. All those others are up to no good—sheep stealers, every one of them. But the sheep didn’t listen to them. I am the Gate. Anyone who goes through me will be cared for—will freely go in and out, and find pasture. A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.

Have you ever been in a sticky situation but haven’t thought to pray? Too often we try to do things in life without going through Jesus.

We need finances but haven’t even asked Him or healing for a friend but haven’t asked Him.
This is in fact ‘climbing the fence’, trying to find a short cut without accessing the Lord Jesus to get it.

It might appear easier to climb the fence but it is a trap. It appears like a short cut but it’s a wilderness walk when it’s without the Lord.

Is there something you have resorted to climbing the fence to access? You can walk right up to the gatekeeper today and He will open that gate for you. It is the quickest and easiest route. Seek Him and you will walk right on in.

Don’t go to mourn, go to the Lord

John 11:28-33 (NIV)

After she (Martha) had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary aside. “The Teacher is here,” she said, “and is asking for you.” When Mary heard this, she got up quickly and went to him. Now Jesus had not yet entered the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. When the Jews who had been with Mary in the house, comforting her, noticed how quickly she got up and went out, they followed her, supposing she was going to the tomb to mourn there.
When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”

Mary knew what she had to do. When she was in her deepest time of need she went straight to Jesus as quickly as she could. Those around her assumed she was going to the tomb to mourn. But amidst her doubt and sorrow, Mary went to Jesus, the source of comfort and hope.

Isn’t it interesting that whenever we are in a crisis situation, those around us decide that we must need to mourn.
They almost write us off as having to visit the tomb, visit the place of death, the place where our loss is buried. They assume that it’s normal to revisit your troubles over and over.

If things haven’t turned out the way you had planned, God has a better plan! The enemy wants us to stay in a place of mourning. But instead of heading toward death, we need to go after Life, the ultimate Light Source, Jesus Christ. He is available to meet us at our point of need and raise all our promises and desires from the dead.

Draw near

Jeremiah 29:12-14 (MSG)

“When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I’ll listen.”When you come looking for me, you’ll find me. “Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.” God’s Decree. “I’ll turn things around for you. I’ll bring you back from all the countries into which I drove you”—God’s Decree—”bring you home to the place from which I sent you off into exile. You can count on it.

God’s message is clear. When we come to Him He will come to us and He will listen. He’s waiting for us to make the first move.

The question is are you serious about finding Him? Do you really want Him more than anything else? His presence? His guidance? His forgiveness? and His peace?

It’s all available for those who will build a relationship with Him. Relationship requires time with God. This is simply speaking with Him in every circumstance, bringing your needs, dreams and hopes before Him.

Time spent brings about intimacy. As you do this the promise is clear. It’s inevitable. He will turn things around for you. Do you want things turned around? Draw close to Him and you won’t be disappointed. His word says, “You can count on it!”

You are a John the baptist

John 1:20-27 (NLT)

He came right out and said, “I am not the Messiah.”
“Well then, who are you?” they asked. “Are you Elijah?”
“No,” he replied.
“Are you the Prophet we are expecting?”
“Then who are you? We need an answer for those who sent us. What do you have to say about yourself?”
John replied in the words of the prophet Isaiah:
“I am a voice shouting in the wilderness,
‘Clear the way for the Lord’s coming!’”
Then the Pharisees who had been sent asked him, “If you aren’t the Messiah or Elijah or the Prophet, what right do you have to baptize?”
John told them, “I baptize with water, but right here in the crowd is someone you do not recognize. Though his ministry follows mine, I’m not even worthy to be his slave and untie the straps of his sandal.”

John the Baptist was a very humble man. He clarifies that he is NOT Christ but opening up the doors for His glory. This was the very reason he was born, his very existence and his heart’s desire.

We have been given a role similar to John the Baptist. Our job is to point people to Jesus Christ. We are to set the platform and make way for His coming.

But just how do we set the path for Jesus?
By obeying the voice of the Holy Spirit, God will use His people to show the world who He is, what He is like and His characteristics. He will show us glimpses of what He wants to do so we can help Him get things ready.

In our workplaces, schools and communities, we are being John the Baptists for God. He is setting up miracles in your life and He is using you to prepare the way.

Like John we are here to glorify the name of Jesus and prepare for His coming.

The healing is just the crumbs

Mark 7:25-30 (NLT)

Right away a woman who had heard about him came and fell at his feet. Her little girl was possessed by an evil spirit, and she begged him to cast out the demon from her daughter.

Since she was a Gentile, born in Syrian Phoenicia, Jesus told her, “First I should feed the children—my own family, the Jews. It isn’t right to take food from the children and throw it to the dogs.”

She replied, “That’s true, Lord, but even the dogs under the table are allowed to eat the scraps from the children’s plates.”

“Good answer!” he said. “Now go home, for the demon has left your daughter.” And when she arrived home, she found her little girl lying quietly in bed, and the demon was gone.

Have you ever been this desperate for a breakthrough for yourself or a loved one? She wouldn’t give in. She understood she was not of the chosen Jews, but knew the power and authority of Jesus.
In her humility, this woman asks just for the crumbs from under the table, just a taste of what Jesus has to offer her.

She knows her humanity and seconds Jesus’ reference to her as a ‘dog’ (the scavengers of the time and lowest of animals). By saying this she is admitting she is a sinner, a Gentile and an outsider. But inside she longs to be one of them, one of the chosen children of God like you and me.

If only we could be this desperate for a taste from Jesus and pursue Him even if it is going against our culture.

If just asking for the crumbs heals your daughter, imagine if we asked for the whole loaf. We are the apple of His eye and He has a whole assortment of gifts and blessings to lavish on us if only we would have the boldness to ask.

Do not be troubled

John 14:27 (NLT)

“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.

What a powerful message Jesus gives us before He leaves the people. He has just finished explaining and teaching lessons in preparation for His death.

But in one bold statement He says “Do not be troubled or afraid”. He knew in advance every situation we would encounter, every problem and every sorrow, just as He knew His disciples would face.

The world offers so many strategies for dealing with stress: meditation, massage, counsellors, shopping, coffee, television, ‘keep yourself busy’ or on the contrary ‘have some alone time’. But quickly we find no lasting satisfaction in all these things as Jesus was well aware of.

He makes a point of stating how the world will give us a counterfeit peace only.

One thing we can have as Christians that the world cannot offer, is the peace of the Holy Spirit. He left it for us when He left this earth so that no matter what we face we can be assured that it will all be ok, even if we cannot see a way out.

There might be a massive mountain in front of you but as you allow God into the situation, a feeling of relief, knowing that everything is going to be alright will envelop you.

Peace is such a precious gift, a glorious release of bottled up emotion and it is available to all who have the Holy Spirit inside them and to all those who are willing to call upon the name of Jesus Christ!

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