In the Talmud – the Jewish commentaries of the Old Testament – there is a little story about Honie who was called the Circle Maker. In short, there is a drought in Israel during the first century B.C. E., and one guy becomes famous for praying for rain, almost like Elijah. Honie draws a circle in the sand, kneels down in to and says, “Sovereign Lord, I swear before your great name that I will not leave this circle until You have mercy upon your children.” What an unbelievable bold prayer. He was almost excommunicated by the Sanhedrin because they felt like it was too demanding, but you can’t argue with a miracle. It did rain upon the land of Israel. He was ultimately honored for the prayer that saved a generation.
It is this incredible story of a bold prayer that led many of his day and even some today to believe that “BOLD PRAYERS HONOR GOD AND GOD HONORS BOLD PRAYER.
So, in light of the story I have been looking at what I pray for and what I am asking God to do in me and through me in 2013 … You see, what you pray for really sheds a light on what you believe about your Heavenly Father. What you pray speaks loudly about your relationship with Him – the depth of that relationship and how personal the relationship really is … how close you are to His heart and He to yours. What you pray really determines what will happen for you, to you, in you, and through you in 2013. Yes, God has a plan for your life and a purpose for you to pursue and fulfill; but you must cooperate with that plan and the details that have been revealed regarding it. And, one of the key ways to cooperate with Him is through prayer – bold prayer. In other words, believing all that God has spoken in His Word (the Bible) and spoken prophetically and praying in line with what He has has spoken.
So, I encourage you, I challenge you, to have a good and honest look at your prayers and see what it is you are generally praying about and maybe make some deep changes in your heart and your relationship with The Lord. Then, as a result, begin to pray prayers that are bold and believing – releasing the power of God so that His plans and purpose for your life in 2013 is released and becomes a reality.
I, for one, am ready to draw a line in the sand, step over the line, and never look back. I want to pray bold prayers that release the will of God on Earth as it is in Heaven.