We have a phrase in our church: “Prayer is the plow; plant behind the plow.” That means every time we do something big, we always begin with a lot of prayer. This includes events, initiatives, projects, and special services. Of course, we pray a lot before Easter. We did prayer meetings in our worship services and passed out cards for people to fill out – putting down names of people they were praying would come to Christ. I put down a list of family and friends, and I prayed every day – and two people on my list came to church for Easter! This got me thinking…maybe I should also be praying AFTER Easter.
You see, Easter is that time of the year that people come to church. Some people make fun of that, but I LOVE that there are still some times when people in our culture feel like they should be in church. This is a great chance for them to experience the family of God – we love them and miss them! Of course, not many people return to church after Easter – until next year (and maybe for Christmas). In the 10 years we have been a church, there have probably only been 15 people – total – who have joined our church from Easter.
So this year I started praying a new prayer: Lord, may 20 people come back to our church after Easter, within three weeks. I have been praying this every single day. At the time of me writing this, it has been two Sundays, and there have already been 21 people who have come back! Twelve people have signed up for our Welcome Party!! God is moving. I dared to pray this bold prayer, and God answered. Maybe I should have been praying this sooner…
I read recently about a church planter who made a list of 14 things needed in one particular season of his young church. He fasted for 40 days, prayed every day, and weekly went out to a special spot to pray. This planter’s name is Brian Bloye, and he wrote about this experience with his wife Amy in their book It’s Personal. Some of the things on his list were pretty audacious – including the need for many acres of land for the church. Yet he kept praying, and one by one the Lord answered the prayers. This doesn’t mean Jesus will give me everything I want or even pray for, but I think I am way too timid in my prayers. I want to be bold in my prayers, and trust God with the results.
“So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There will we will receive His mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.”
- Bold prayers for the church: people coming to Christ, 600+ people on Sundays, a fourth service, construction, church planting.
- Bold prayers for leaders: people to rise up, do great things for Jesus, lead with the fire of the Holy Spirit
- Bold prayers for my family: my kids to passionately love the Lord, to do great things with Jesus, to be confident and unashamed of their faith, for my marriage to go to the next level in communication and be an example – especially for younger couples
- Bold prayers for my faith: closer to Jesus, new insights into His word, wanting nothing more than His presence, deeper contentment and joy
What are some bold prayers that you could pray?