Saturday, September 11, 2010

Pray Boldly

Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, "Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain." And God granted his request. - 1 Chronicles 4:10

God loves it when His people come to Him in bold prayer.  Praying "big" leads to stunning responses from our Creator.  He wants us to be confident, to be in a deep relationship with Him.  It all starts with prayer.

How many of us would be willing to ask God to "expand our territory"?  This is gutsy...we are asking God to expand our sphere of influence, that is to gain the ability to make a difference in the world.  It requires being fearless.  The more contact we have with people, the greater the risk of harm or rejection.  Jezbel anticipated this and included a prayer of protection with his request to enlarge his territory.

When you ask God to give you something that will benefit others, He will give it to you.  Be bold.  Have courage.  Dream big.  Don't hold anything back in your prayers.  Expect big things to happen.  God is seeking a deeper relationship with you.  He is waiting for you right now...Go ahead, bring Him your bold prayers.


Andrea said...

Hi, Michael. I just discovered your blog after your posting on facebook of the beautiful picture..this is the first posting I have read, and it is truly pertinent to my life right now...I really enjoyed it. Can't wait to read more. love to you and your family

cousin Andrea

Michael Mulligan said...

Good to hear from you cousin. Congrats on your "best man" status. My mom mentioned how touched she was by your words and by the very special wedding. These words that I share here on this blog come from my heart and I look forward to your feedback. Please send my love your your mom and dad and your siblings. I hope they get a chance to check out the blog and the book that is to be released next year in March.


Your cousin Mike and family