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Pray A Bold Prayer & Ask Big of the Lord

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Not every person can ask boldly before God. Some are overwhelmed by doubt and scared to ask because they lack confidence. Yet as believers, we are obliged by the Holy Scriptures to boldly seek God.

Not every person can ask boldly before God. Some are overwhelmed by doubt and scared to ask because they lack confidence. Yet as believers, we are obliged by the Holy Scriptures to boldly seek God.

The power of our God is immense, which at times are beyond our comprehension. However, He can only demonstrate His greatness in our life should we seek Him and ask for His favour.

Our God is a God of mercy and compassion. He knows everything that is happening in our lives, be it good or bad. He knows when we are having a tough time and when we need His help. Being a God of mercy, He will intervene, if and only if, we open our mouths and request for His help.

If you read through the Bible, you will be amazed at how many instances of miracles happened throughout the days of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and the many other disciples. When God performs a miracle, it is so out of the ordinary we realize it could not happen unless God opened the gates of Heaven and pour out His blessings to us.

There are probably many instances in your life today that a miracle has been asked for and even needed. At such times, there is no possibility of help except the Lord. The wonderful thing is, God wants to help you and He is keenly interested in accomplishing His will in your life. But first, you will need to come before Him and ask. Just as stated in Matthew 7:7, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”

A good example of asking and receiving is illustrated in the scripture from book of Joshua.

A good example of asking and receiving is illustrated in the scripture from book of Joshua.

Joshua 10:11-14, 11. As they fled before Israel on the road down from Beth Horon to Azekah, the Lord hurled large hailstones down on them, and more of them died from the hail than were killed by the swords of the Israelites.

12. On the day the Lord gave the Amorites over to Israel, Joshua said to the Lord in the presence of Israel: “Sun, stand still over Gibeon, and you, moon, over the Valley of Aijalon.”

13. So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, till the nation avenged itself on[a] its enemies, as it is written in the Book of Jashar. The sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day.

14. There has never been a day like it before or since, a day when the Lord listened to a human being. Surely the Lord was fighting for Israel!

On the day the Lord gave the Amorites over to Israel, Joshua said to the Lord in the presence of Israel: “Sun, stand still over Gibeon.” This scripture reveals a time when Joshua needed and received God’s power. The power of God manifested, and the outcome was not of man’s effort; the result was not accomplished by our own strength or by our own abilities. When God comes into the picture, what needs to be done is done right and perfectly.

The godly knows that they cannot survive by their own strength but in the power of God. Let us learn from Joshua how to receive God’s power and how to manifest God’s power in your own life.

What happened for Joshua and his troupe was an incredible miracle. Very few people ever experience this type of display of God’s power. However, there is no moratorium on God’s power being displayed in this way.

As a matter of fact, Jesus told us in Matthew 17:20, “If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place, and it shall remove, and nothing shall be impossible unto you.”

Matthew 17:20, NIV, "He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

Moving a mountain is about as miraculous as stopping the sun and moon. Nothing is impossible for us in the power of the Lord.

Referring to the case of Joshua, the display of God’s power is truly remarkable. One day, when Joshua and the Israelite army were fighting a battle late in the day, he knew he was not going to be able to finish the enemy off unless he had more daylight. Joshua could have thought, “Too bad. They’ll escape in the night.” But, no, he knew he was heavy with God’s favor, so he prayed a bold prayer: “Sun, standstill.”

Joshua 10:12-14. The day the sun stopped in the middle of the sky.

Joshua 10:12-14. The day the sun stopped in the middle of the sky.

In Joshua 10:12-14, we are told that during a battle, the sun stood still during noontime, in order to help the nation of Israel completely defeat the armies of five Amorite kings (Joshua 10:5-11). The battle is described in verses 7-10. In verse 11, we discovered that the invading armies fled. The war could have taken place during winter since verse 11 says that God rained hailstones down from Heaven on the invading army. As a result, many died. Then in verses 12-13 we are told that Joshua spoke to God first, and then to the nation of Israel. God stopped the sun when Joshua publicly commanded that the sun stop.

The miracle of the hailstorm.

The miracle of the hailstorm.

Two obvious miracles happened here in Joshua 10:11 - The first miracle that occurred is the hailstorm that killed many soldiers in the invading armies. As they fled from Israel, while they were at the descent of Beth-horon, the Lord threw large stones from heaven on them as far as Azekah, and they died; there were more who died from the hailstones than those whom the sons of Israel killed with the sword.

While most hailstorms contain small frozen chunks of water, these hailstones must have been very large. A miracle occurred that afternoon when these hailstones fell from the sky. But the miracle was not the size of the hailstones that killed many in the armies because very large hailstones do occur. In recent years, fist-sized hailstones have destroyed homes, cars, windows, and have killed people. The Telegraph even documented probably the most significant hailstorm when it reported that 200 people in the Himalayas were killed by giant hailstones. However, the miracle that occurred for Joshua was that God commanded the hailstones to drop unexpectedly.

The second miracle occurred when the sun stood still. The passage states that Joshua commanded the sun to stop. Here is the passage that Joshua spoke to the Lord in the day when the Lord delivered up the Amorites before the sons of Israel, “O sun, stand still at Gibeon, And O moon in the valley of Aijalon.” So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped until the nation avenged themselves of their enemies.

God hearkened to the voice of a man and the sun stopped in the middle of the sky and did not hasten to go down for about a whole day. The Bible does state that there has not been a day like it since, but it does not say there cannot be one. As depicted in Joshua 10:12-14, Joshua was claiming God’s promise and requiring that which was necessary to accomplish the task.

The power and grace of the Lord is something that comes from asking. The man that has a request that follows God’s will can expect God to get involved. It is not a hope, but a certainty.

We do not battle alone. Living a godly life means calling upon the power of the Lord. Many a time we try to live by our own strength, the belief could be that we think God does not want to be involved in our life.

We often believed that God may not want to be involved in any aspect of our lives, however, nothing could be farther from the truth. God wants to reveal His power in all that you and I do. This means we must call upon His power; to receive we must ask and when we ask God will give.

We must make sure we have placed ourselves in a position to see the power of God in our lives, God has promised His power to those who believe in Him.

2 Corinthians 13:4, NIV, says, "For to be sure, he was crucified in weakness, yet he lives by God’s power. Likewise, we are weak in him, yet by God’s power we will live with him in our dealing with you."

The Bible teaches that God is all-powerful, that there is nothing beyond His ability. It is not an unyielding power, it is power under perfect control. With His power, God is able to bring His will to pass.

There are Two Benefits to Having God’s Power In Your Life.

No. 1 Being able to overcome your enemy

Fear is one of our greatest enemies. It is the reason why millions of people give up on their passions. Isaiah 41:13 says,  “For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.

Fear is one of our greatest enemies. It is the reason why millions of people give up on their passions. Isaiah 41:13 says, “For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.

Your enemy connives and plans for your defeat, he does it in the spiritual world which you cannot see. God’s power is able to thwart the attacks of the enemy. Seeking God’s power brings peace to your life.

No. 2 The benefit of living in the light

Ephesians 5:8  “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light.”

Ephesians 5:8 “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light.”

Living in the light represents living a godly life.

When we live in the light, life is prosperous. When we live in the light, our ministries are successful. When we live in the light, our lives are filled with the goodness of God. When your life is characterized by good things happening that are beyond your own power; the power of God is in your life.

How to Have God’s Power in Your Life?

Be weak in the Lord as stated in (2 Corinthians 13:4). 2 Corinthians 13:4, NIV, “For to be sure, he was crucified in weakness, yet he lives by God’s power. Likewise, we are weak in him, yet by God’s power we will live with him in our dealing with you.”

Remove pride from your life; 1 Corinthians 4:19, NIV, says, "But I will come to you very soon if the Lord is willing, and then I will find out not only how these arrogant people are talking, but what power they have."

Know God’s will, through His Word and through a personal relationship with Him; then, ask God to have His will done. Realize that in your own power, you can do nothing, but in God’s power, you can do all things. There is only one way to have God’s power; humble yourself and seek it. God will hearken to your voice and when you experience His power, it will be a day, unlike any other day.

Ask yourself this; Do you think that you are praying bold enough prayers that you expect God to manifest in your life and answer those prayers? Would you dare do as Joshua did and ask God to do something out of the ordinary?

The circumstances may not be logical for the average person, but with God, anything is possible. Ask in spite of what the enemy keeps whispering in your ears. If you are going to reach your highest potential, you have to learn this principle of asking big.

Let us Pray

“Father God, Thank You that when the odds are against me, You are for me. Thank You that nothing and no one is more powerful than You, and I can dare to pray bold prayers. I believe that You are going to show up in my life as You did with Joshua. Lord Father thou art in Heaven, I know you are up there watching each step I make.

You know when I need the help to pull through. Lord, I humble myself to you to seek for Your mercy and blessings that You will anoint me and manifest miracles in my life. Use me as your vessel to prove to the world and show them that as long as I am with the Lord, everything and anything is indeed possible. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

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