How to Pray Bold Prayers

Praying sometimes feels like a task on the to-do list instead of a way to tap into the power of our Heavenly Father.

I grew up in church and was ready to give my weekly prayer requests. Does anyone have an unspoken prayer request? Hands would go up everywhere.

Or what about when one of your friends come up to you and share a big problem they are facing? I’ve been guilty of saying “I’ll be praying for you,” and then forgetting to pray for them that night during my nightly prayer routine (Cue the hand over the face emoji).

Can you relate? If you can then I have good news! There is a better way. What if I told you that your prayer life didn’t have to be routine? It could be life-giving, encouraging and could bring water to your dry, dry soul?

There is a way friend. We can pray bold prayers and see God move mountains every single day!

Understand that prayer is a never-ending conversation with God

I learned at a very young age that prayer was an important part of the daily routine. We said our meal-time prayers and our bed-time prayers every single day. Saying these prayers taught me that it was important to pray daily, but it didn’t teach me to build constant conversations with God. Prayer is more than something to check off of our to-do list.. it is a lifestyle to embrace.

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Never stop praying.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17 NLT

To pray bold prayers, we must never stop praying. We must develop a habit of praying without stopping. This just means that we will talk to God continually throughout our day.. about every little thing.

Include scripture in your prayers

“For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.” Hebrews 4:12

We have no power on our own. Without the power of the Holy Spirit, we can do nothing. 

But there is good news! God has given us his word as a tool to break chains and to fight against the darkness. In Isaiah God says that he sends his word out and it ALWAYS produces fruit. It WILL PROSPER everywhere he sends it.

We may not have any power, but we serve a God that has endless amounts of power. If his word doesn’t return void, then we can trust that when we add his word to our prayers, we will begin to see his power at work in our lives.

What are some things that you have been praying about but have not seen any improvement? Find a verse that speaks to whatever your need is and begin to add it to your prayers. You don’t have to have it memorized, write it down on an index card and repeat it throughout the day.

One that I like to use when I feel like giving up is Psalm 51:10 that says “Create in me a pure heart O God and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

Say your prayers out loud

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There is power in our words. Have you ever been hurt by what someone has said to you? Or have you ever felt the joy of an encouraging word?

What we speak has the potential to become who we are. 

If our words have power even though we are powerless, how much more power will the word of God have?

We must speak our prayers out loud. Everything has to bow to the name of Jesus. When we use his word and pray in his name, the floodgates of Heaven will be open and he will pour out his blessing on us.

Saying  prayers out loud remind us that He is in control.

There is just something  so encouraging about praying out loud.

If you aren’t used to doing it, it will feel silly at first. Do it anyway. I promise you won’t regret it. Push past the awkward, and watch God move in a bold way as you walk in boldness in your prayer life!

Are you having a hard time praying because you feel like God let you down? Have you been walking through a hard season and don’t know how to pray because of your pain and confusion? I’ve been there and I wrote a devotional just for you! You can grab a copy of my Fifteen Day Devotional… Habakkuk- Embracing the Journey through Seasons of Pain and Confusion here.

 

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Five Verses to Help with Anxiety

Have you ever struggled with anxiety? Big or Small? I have and if I’m honest, it sometimes is a daily struggle. Merriem-Webster defines anxiety as being afraid or nervous especially about what may happen.

Did you catch that??

Being afraid or nervous especially about what MAY happen. MAY… not will… MAY.

Isn’t it crazy that anxiety is caused most of the time by things that haven’t even happened and in all reality may NEVER happen??? I think sometimes we walk in fear because we connect the pain we have felt to the fear of being hurt or damaged again. It’s hard not to be anxious during heavy seasons. Habbakuk understood this. If you want to dig deeper into the story of Habbakuk you can do that here. 🙂

So how do we combat these anxious thoughts? Pray. And then pray some more.

Here are my five favorite verses to pray over my life when I’m anxious.

1. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6

This verse reminds us to stop and remember that God is listening.

2. “ Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your  life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” Colossians 3:2-4

When we set our mind on things above, and remember that our life is hidden with Christ, we can release the anxious thoughts surrounding our situation.

3. ” Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” Psalm 55:22

It brings peace knowing that God will not let us be shaken in a world that looks hopeless. He will sustain us through each circumstance.

4. “In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lordmake me dwell in safety.” Psalm 4:8

Our minds run wild in the evening hours. I literally speak this verse every night before I go to sleep. It reminds me that God has me and he keeps me wrapped safely in his love.

5. “The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:14

Sometimes our anxiety stems from the battle we are facing. Speaking Exodus 14:14 over our lives reminds us that God will fight for us… and that takes the pressure of and gives us the freedom to walk in peace.

What is your favorite verse to pray when you are anxious? Leave a comment!

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