At our Launch Group (pre-launch small groups for the church we are planting, Two Cities Church) the other night, the question was posed:
What’s the last big bold prayer you prayed?
Recently my prayers have been changing. [See: 5 Tips to kickstart your prayer life and 5 Things Every Christian Parent Should Pray Over Their Kids Daily]
Historically, it’s been a lot of asking for things… but not a lot of significant things. Don’t get me wrong, there have definitely been seasons or moments when I prayed big and I prayed often. But that’s not a natural thing for me. What’s natural, what’s comfortable is something like this…
Dear God, Thank you for today.
Thank you for my family and all the blessings in my life.
Help me to steward those relationships well.
Please help _____ and _____ get better quickly so that they can continue to be productive members of society.
Help me be patient with my kids and know how to be a great parent.
Thank you for the sacrifice you made so that we could be in relationship with you.
In Jesus Name, Amen.
I mean, that’s fine. But it’s primarily self-centered. It probably isn’t much of an exciting prayer to receive. It’s the same ol’ hum-drum prayer. It’s nothing special.
But what if we, Christians, learned to be sincere in our prayers for OTHERS and for the MISSION of Jesus Christ, “to seek and save that which was lost.” What if it wasn’t all little, me-centered, prayers? What if it was BIG, Jesus-centered prayers? What if we prayed like first century Christians, who when their lives were threatened didn’t pray for protection… as I would probably do. But instead they prayed this:
Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. Stretch out your hand to heal and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus. – Acts 4:29-30
You know what happened to those first century Christians who prayed that prayer?
After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly. All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had. – Acts 4:31-32
That’s pretty amazing. I want to pray like they did. I want to pray Big Bold Prayers. And I am. How about you?