Where does time go?
How are we in the last (full) week of February?
I’m also realizing that my blog was last updated on Feb 7th 2017 with this post, if you’ve yet to read it, I encourage you to do so, it’s a pretty good read if I do say so myself!
I’ve been busy enjoying life and the unseasonably warm weather that’s been sweeping through the midwest. I’ve lived in Chicago for a little over ten years now and I can say that 60+ temps are not the norm in Chicago. But then again, I will take anything above 40 degrees because after 27 years of dealing with harsh Canadian winters anything above 40 is considered warm.
But enough about me (as I post another picture of myself LOL)
Let’s dig into today’s blog topic… Prayers… Bold prayers!
I’m not sure how you came about finding this post, perhaps through one of my social media channels, or maybe you’ve been notified through email that I had finally updated my blog( lol) whichever way you landed on this page, I’m glad you’re here and my hope is that this post will bless you as much as it’s blessed me to write it.
Before we dig into this, I want you to know that everything I write are based on my life experiences, and that the words that I share with you are not my own, but are led by God, when it comes to the topic of faith I’m careful as to what I say as we all know the spirit of offense is alive and well… But I digress.
I will never take credit for anything that I am or anything that I do. Everything that I am, everything that I have and everything that I will be is a result of God’s undeserving grace in my life.
I pray that you take away what your soul needs from this post.
Prayer is defined as a solemn request for help or expression of thanks addressed to God.
Bold is an adjective used to describe an ability to take risks; confident and courageous. If you’ve guessed today’s topic of discussion as being bold prayers, than you’ve guessed right.
The power of prayer alone is a force to be reckoned with, but power combined with boldness is one dynamic combination.
I learned the power of bold prayers from a young age, my mother aka THE prayer warrior, prays like no other. Whatever she prays happens because she approaches the The Throne with boldness knowing that the petitions of her heart will be answered.
I think that we often approach bold prayers from a materialistic standpoint, we often hear pastors, bishops, apostles speak on asking God to bless us with a house, a brand new car or things that are tangible in nature, but what about the intangible things that truly matter! Like our character!
I remember being so fed up with myself, my attitude needed a complete overhaul and I remember saying these very words:
Search my heart Lord and remove which is not of you.
And the transformation began. It wasn’t overnight, but I prayed it with everything I had, because I was desperate for an attitude adjustment.
And He did… and it wasn’t pretty, however when you pray bold prayers that cause your character to change, you allow God to do in you a great work and you’re also allowing Him to use you for a purpose greater than your finite mind can ever imagine.
With that being said I want to share 4 scriptures that you can incorporate in your bold prayers. Pray them wholeheartedly.
“And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.”- Luke 6:31
You can’t expect people to do for you but be unwilling to do for others pray for God to show you the way to bless others even when it won’t benefit you.
“But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.” – Galatians 5 :16-17
Ask God to help you fight fleshly desires, this falls under a broad category , but it essentially means, when you feel like clapping back… don’t, when you feel like eating that donut but you know you’re trying to lose a few pounds to fit into that bikini. Pray that God allows you to walk by the Spirit.
” Count it all joy my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds” – James 1-2
How hard it can be to find peace and joy when you’re in the midst of trials. I’ll be the first to say it seems impossible. But I’ll also say that trials bring forth perseverance, and builds your character, it equips you with knowledge and a testimony to encourage others that may be going through something similar. Pray that God helps you find joy in all things, good or not so good.
” Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. – Psalm 139:23 -24
Last, but certainly not least, ask God to check your heart, I mean really check your heart and to remove anything that is not of Him. Doing so will stop you from making surface changes. Surface changes are what I call human efforts to change your own character. Human efforts are ephemeral and tiring, and you’ll be right back where you started with your bad attitude LOL.
That’s all I have good folks.
What do you have to share?
Until next time.
pictures by : chuck olu alabi