Bold Prayers Require Bold Trust
“Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior”
How many times have I closed my eyes and belted out those words, fully meaning them! How many times have I felt the Spirit wash over me and the tears stream down my face? Many, many, many!! Did you know that is a BOLD prayer to pray? You have to be led somewhere that you would need to TRUST. A place where your FAITH is tested in order for it to be made stronger.
Faith and trust require trials, tests, and tribulations to grow. But most of the time we want the growth without the work. At least I do. I pray bold prayers and want the end result without all the faith work it takes. I pray bold prayers for my family, my marriage, my relationships, my ministries, and then I am surprised, stunned, and scared when the Lord allows the things that would give me the desires of my heart.
Sometimes warfare is involved in strengthening faith. Warfare is real. Ephesians 6 tells us that we aren’t fighting against flesh and blood but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world. Whew! Our family, and myself in particular is up against some serious stuff at the moment. A mountain that I thought had been cast into the depths of the sea was raised up on the enemy’s shoulders bigger than before. BUT GOD!!
BUT GOD!!! He promises that all things work together for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). He speaks truth through Joseph in Genesis that, “You intended to harm me, BUT GOD intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” (Gen 50:20)
Beloved, Jesus tells us that we will be hated for His name’s sake, that if they persecuted Him they will also persecute us. I am living that now. I am living an opportunity for my trust to go where there are no borders and my faith grow stronger in the presence of my Savior. I was reminded today by an amazing friend and sister-in-Christ that I am living a peculiar life to those who are in the world. My family, my work, my ministry…peculiar!
I googled the word peculiar and here is what Merriam Webster says of peculiar:
1: characteristic of only one person, group, or thing : distinctive
2: different from the usual or normal:
a : special, particular
b : odd, curious
c : eccentric
Yes! I want to live a peculiar life. A person with the characteristics of only one person, JESUS, distinctively His! I want to be different from the usual or normal! I want to be special, particular, odd, curious, eccentric from the world.
So, my prayer for all of us is that we would have the bold faith required to be known as peculiar! And the trust that regardless of what comes as a result of it, that we can rest in the promises of being His.
Keep my eyes above the waves
My soul will rest in Your embrace
I am Yours and You are mine”