Let me start of this blog by saying, I am in no way an expert on prayer. It is probably the area I struggle with the most in trying to find a rhythm with my relationship with God. Some people really struggle with reading their Bible every day, but for me finding the time and place and way to pray has always been my struggle. However, I realize there may be some of you out there who struggle with the same thing, so I am willing to share my weakness. I am currently reading The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson so I have been thinking about prayer a lot recently.
In my short life I have already seen God answer some of my prayers in crazy ways. I have seen God do miracles in my family and personal walk with God. But more recently, I wanted to share a simple prayer that my fiance’ and I prayed. It was the day before Easter and we were talking about our church’s Easter service the next morning. We decided to pray that God would bring 150 people.
The next day at church went really well, we had an amazing response of people who accepted Jesus! After the service my fiancé came up to me and was excited to tell me the attendance number. It was 150. Exactly. Wow! It was so exciting and I almost find it humorous that God would bring EXACTLY the number of people we prayed for.
As I mentioned before, I am currently reading a book on prayer that is teaching me a lot of good principles. One of those principles is:
“God does not answer vague prayers”
If we would have prayed: “God, please bring a lot of people to church tomorrow.” How would we have known if he did? When we pray vaguely, there is no way to know if God answered. It is because we prayed specifically for 150, that we knew God had heard us, and answered.
When you pray vaguely you don’t give God the chance to really answer your prayers in a powerful way. I like what he says about specific prayers in the book:
“The more faith you have, the more specific your prayers will be. And the more specific your prayers are, the more glory God receives.”
Because God answered our specific prayer, we can boast about how great our God is! When you pray specifically, you can no longer give credit to coincidences, only glory to God.
As amazing as that is, I couldn’t help but wonder… What if we had prayed for 200 people? Or 300 people?
One thing the author repeats in the book is:
“Bold prayers honor God, God honors bold prayers.”
Was 150 a bold prayer? I thought so. But I think we tend to dream small because we don’t want to ask God for too much. But the crazy thing, God wants us to! God isn’t offended by our bold prayers, he is offended by anything less. God wouldn’t have been offended if we would have prayed for 300 people. It actually honors him when we dream big.
“Nothing honors God more than a big dream that is way beyond our ability to accomplish. Why? Because there is no way we can take credit for it.”
Praying for things that are completely beyond our ability gives God the chance to show off. And when he answers, no one can take credit for it but Him.
I challenge you to stop praying vague prayers. Pray specifically. Don’t be afraid to pray big and bold prayers, they honor God. And then when God answers, give him all the glory he deserves and tell others.
If you are interested in learning more about the book I am reading, check it out here. I highly recommend it!