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Dumbed-Down Prayers

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How many times have you dumbed down your prayers? Seriously – I am beginning to realize that I do it. Do you?

My favorite verse in the Bible is Ephesians 3:20 – Now all glory to God who is able through His mighty power at work within us to accomplish infinitely more than we can ask or think. And yet, when it comes to praying for myself or for needs that Dave and I have, I get timid.

I’m thankful that God is nudging me to see that I need to take the next step in trusting Him.  He’s using Mark Batterson’s book, The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears to help me. Here are a few more excerpts from the book that is leading me to apply my faith – to risk believing something specific could happen.

Four words, vision beyond your resources, have become a mantra for the ministry of National Community Church. We refuse to let our budget determine our vision. That left-brained approach is a wrong-brained approach because it’s based on our limited resources rather than on God’s unlimited provision. Faith is allowing your God-given vision to determine your budget.

That certainly does not mean you practice poor financial stewardship, spend beyond your means, and accumulate a huge debt load. It does mean that you take a step of faith when God gives you a vision because you trust that the One who gave you the vision is going to make provision. And for the record, if the vision is from God, it will most definitely be beyond your means.

It’s not our man-made plans that move the Almighty; the Almighty is moved by big dreams bold prayers.

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So, I think I’ve been scared to pray for something that wouldn’t become reality. But what I’m learning from the book is that as I pray, God will transform me and the desires of my heart. I am not responsible to guess exactly what God wants and then pray it. I can pray for what I feel  He would want and allow Him to correct me or surprise me. Am I the only one with the pride issue that wants to pray for the right thing the first time? Don’t leave me hanging out here.

He knows I’m not perfect and He is. He’s not expecting me to ask perfectly, I am. He wants to teach me (us) who He is so we can communicate with Him based on truth instead of our own perception. May He continually transform my ideas (and yours) of who He is so I can fulfill the call to intercede.

About Jennifer O. White

I'm a simple wife who has discovered God's amazing gift of prayer. Here at Prayerfully Speaking I share my journey of unwrapping this gift. God invites us to ask Him, but His enemy works diligently to keep that from happening. I hope to offer you encouragement to believe God is ready to pour more into your life than you've ever imaged.

4 Replies

  1. Prayer is talking and listening to God. I just tell Him what is on my heart because He is already in my head… What has been surprising is what He has revealed through these times about who He is and His great plans for me. Jeremiah 29:11

    I have no fear when it comes to prayer Psalms 23. Then there is the blessing of awareness and the answers to prayers I did not pray.

    1. admin

      Inspired by your freedom and confidence in communicating with God. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Anonymous

    Bold prayer has been changing my life too! It’s an exciting journey of discovery. I love the process of how we begin praying for something and how God changes those prayers over time to match His will. Beautiful!  

    1. admin

      Dear friend. Your prayer life inspires me. Thank you for teaching me and praying for me. Love you!