Stop Praying Wimpy Prayers


Ditch the wimpy prayers and confidently approach our humongous God!

What's on your prayer list?

Don't be mad at me, but your list looks a little, um... wimpy. You're probably praying for things like your sick grandma or your friend who's mad at you or the name of the college God wants you to attend.

Don't freak out. I don't have a giant satellite honed in on your computer. I can't read your mind. But I'm fairly confident that your prayers are wimpy because my prayers are wimpy too. In fact, most of the young women I know are praying wimpy prayers.

I'm not saying that your sick grandma shouldn't get well or that the rifts in your friendship aren't of interest to God or that it doesn't matter what college you attend. Those things matter a great deal, and it's great to ask God for those things. In fact, He says, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God" (Philippians 4:6).

God cares about even the most minor of circumstances. But He teaches us to move beyond the small stuff when we pray.

When Jesus taught the disciples how to pray in Matthew 6, He told them to pray for God's kingdom to come. In Exodus 33:18, Moses asked God to show him God's glory. In Ephesians 1:19, Paul asked for the exceeding greatness of God's power. These are big prayers!

Big prayers aren't just reserved for the superheroes of our faith. In Mark 11:24, Jesus said, "Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours."

Whatever you ask!

If you believe this promise, why would you stick to wimpy prayers? If you believed that God was truly moved by your prayers, why would read through your church's prayer list halfheartedly or offer up a feeble "help me through this day" when you could be asking for God's kingdom or His glory or His power?

And there's more.

We're not just encouraged to ask for big things, we are encouraged to ask with great boldness.

Hebrews 4:16 says, "Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need."

With confidence! God's Word encourages us to ask big prayers with certainty. There's no room in that equation for wimpy prayers.

Is there something huge that you've been too timid to pray for? Ask Him! Ditch the wimpy prayers and confidently approach our humongous God!


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