April 1, 2008


Posted in Prayer & Fasting tagged , at 6:41 pm by 1thing2think

Plenty of sites and sources have written the importance about prayer.  Indeed, the bible is also compiled of plenty occasions, situations and testimonials where God answered prayers.

Watched Joel Osteen program last Sunday night, and he brought up topic on “Praying Boldly”.  It translates into “Praying for something beyond what you could have imagined or praying for an increases that stretches beyond your capabilities”.

This is not a new topic, but he referred back to Jabez (See “Prayer of Jabez” by Bruce Wilkinson).
1 Chronicles 4:9-10 (NIV)
9 Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez, [c] saying, “I gave birth to him in pain.” 10 Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request.

It’s interesting to see that the verses before and after the above, it recorded the name of descendants without anything notable on each person.  Note also, that Jabez is mentioned to be more honorable than his brothers, but there is no record of who is the father.

The scripture, however, noted how Jabez prayed boldly.  For his name itself has negative impact on him, yet, he want God to set him free, and allow him to soar beyond.

If your live is in negative situations, prayer is the answer.  Praying boldly allow God to do miracles.  Miracles are good things that happen beyond your capabilities.

While I would list out things that I need to pray for, I am hoping that you would do the same.  Here is some lists/topics that can help you to start with a list:
1.  Your personal situation
2.  Your family (parents, children)
3.  Your finances
4.  Salvation of loved ones
5.  Your church
6.  Any dire situations

Remember, Nothing is Impossible with God.  Be precise in what you want; rather than praying generically in the topic.


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