There’s nothing more transfiguring than prayer. People often ask, “Why do you insist on prayer so much?” The answer is very simple—because Jesus did. —Leonard Ravenhill
Today you are invited to some bodacious believing!
This earth is beginning to experience “only the first” of it’s birth pangs. If you believe this, then you will get a glimpse of the urgency that there is to pray for some very audacious things, for we have a very big job to do.
All that we are experiencing—the wars, rumors of wars, the global famines, the catastrophic weather, daily earthquakes, and now mountains erupting—all this Jesus foretold to say to us, “Heads up. Time to focus!”
When reports come in of wars and rumored wars, keep your head and don’t panic. This is routine history; this is no sign of the end. Nation will fight nation and ruler fight ruler, over and over. Famines and earthquakes will occur in various places. This is nothing compared to what is coming. “They are going to throw you to the wolves and kill you, everyone hating you because you carry my name. And then, going from bad to worse, it will be dog-eat-dog, everyone at each other’s throat, everyone hating each other… Staying with it—that’s what God requires. Stay with it to the end. You won’t be sorry, and you’ll be saved. All during this time, the good news—the Message of the kingdom—will be preached all over the world, a witness staked out in every country. And then the end will come. Matthew 24: 6-10, 13-14 The Message
We live in exciting times!
Think of it! We are the generation chosen with the ability to reach the whole earth with the message of God’s Good News. This “World Wide Web” has been given to us! What a tremendous opportunity, responsibility, and crucial part of our destiny—so let’s go get it!
I love the word audacious especially when it is connected to prayer.
It actually means: Invulnerable to fear or intimidation; brave, dauntless, fearless, hardy, intrepid, bold. (2) Unrestrained by convention or propriety; bodacious, brazen, unashamed. (3) Disposed to venture or take risks; daring, adventurous.
Wow, I want to pray prayers like that!
The Invitation says… “Ask”
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Matthew 7: 7-8
- Take a walk around your neighborhood and pray that the kingdom of God would invade each home.
- Ask that His truth and light would rescue each person in that neighborhood.
- That all would be saved from the wrath to come; that NONE would perish.
The Invitation says… “Nothing”
For with God nothing shall be impossible. Luke 1: 37
Remember the story Jesus told in Luke 19?
“A nobleman living in a certain province was called away to the distant capital of the empire to be crowned king of his province. Before he left he called together ten assistants and gave them each $2,000 to invest while he was gone. But some of his people hated him and sent him their declaration of independence, stating that they had rebelled and would not acknowledge him as their king. Upon his return he called in the men to whom he had given the money, to find out what they had done with it, and what their profits were. The first man reported a tremendous gain—ten times as much as the original amount!
“‘Fine!’ the king exclaimed. ‘You are a good man. You have been faithful with the little I entrusted to you, and as your reward, you shall be governor of ten cities.’
“The next man also reported a splendid gain—five times the original amount. All right!’ his master said. ‘You can be governor over five cities.’ But the third man brought back only the money he had started with. ‘I’ve kept it safe,’ he said, ‘because I was afraid you would demand my profits, for you are a hard man to deal with, taking what isn’t yours and even confiscating the crops that others plant.’ ‘You vile and wicked slave,’ the king roared. ‘Hard, am I? That’s exactly how I’ll be toward you! If you knew so much about me and how tough I am, then why didn’t you deposit the money in the bank so that I could at least get some interest on it?’
“Then turning to the others standing by he ordered, ‘Take the money away from him and give it to the man who earned the most.’” [vs. 12-24]
Twenty cities? Now there’s a destiny!
What If… We Actually Took Jesus’ Words To Heart?
So, I have prayed for years for my list of ten cities. Some have been places where I have lived. Some are across the globe and I’m hoping to visit them someday. Some are simply places I have never seen, but I felt in my heart they should be on my list, so…
- I pray for their safety and for their people in law enforcement.
- I pray for prosperity for their hard-working business people.
- I pray for healing and health for their citizens and for their poor and homeless.
- I pray for wisdom for their city government and all in authority.
- And of course, I pray for their churches and believers in that city, that they would be “Lighthouses on fire” with a burning desire for their city to be saved!
Isaiah 54 beckons us, “[ Spread Out! Think Big! ] “Sing, barren woman, who has never had a baby. Fill the air with song, you who’ve never experienced childbirth! You’re ending up with far more children than all those childbearing women.” God says so! “Clear lots of ground for your tents! Make your tents large. Spread out! Think big! Use plenty of rope, drive the tent pegs deep. (Our prayers?) You’re going to need lots of elbow room for your growing family. You’re going to take over whole nations; you’re going to resettle abandoned cities. Don’t be afraid—you’re not going to be embarrassed. Don’t hold back—you’re not going to come up short.” [The Message]
Ask God to give you the names of TEN CITIES and then regularly pray for each one.
Who knows what your assignment might be when Jesus returns to rule this earth!
The Invitation says… “All things”
And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible. Mark 10: 27
- Pray for the city you are living in.
- Become informed about it’s needs.
- Let those in authority know you are praying for them, then get a group started in your neighborhood or church that will regularly pray over your city—and watch what God will do in response to your prayers!
The Invitation says… “A Mustard Seed”
And Jesus said unto them, …for verily I say unto you, 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
Your mustard seed of faith moves MOUNTAINS!
- Ask God to give you a heart for a whole nation.
- If you need a place to start then here is the link to a free ebook of prayers for specific nations.
- It doesn’t take a great volume of faith to change things.
- God is looking for Believers who simply believe what He says and will be faithful.
- It is our part to ask—it is His part to do.
You do your part and watch God do His!
Do we not KNOW for a certainty that it is God’s will that the whole world should be saved?
“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him. John 3:16-18 The Message
Well then? Don’t we also know that if we ask Him for things that we know are His will, we shall have what we ask for?
“This is the testimony in essence: God gave us eternal life; the life is in his Son. So, whoever has the Son, has life; whoever rejects the Son, rejects life.
The Reality, Not the Illusion
My purpose in writing is simply this: that you who believe in God’s Son will know beyond the shadow of a doubt that you have eternal life, the reality and not the illusion. And how bold and free we then become in his presence, freely asking according to his will, sure that he’s listening. And if we’re confident that he’s listening, we know that what we’ve asked for is as good as ours.” 1 John 5: 11-15
I love the word audacious also!