Then Peter said, ‘Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.’ Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God.

– Acts 3:6-8

Yesterday, we talked about submitting to Godly people and how it enables us to gain His authority in our lives. Today, I want to talk about a third thing that will activate Jesus’ power within us — praying bigger!

To illustrate this point, I want to share a story about my missions trip to Thailand when I was a teenager. On that trip, there was a girl named Becky, who was the leader of our group (although she was very young herself). One day, she was sharing the Lord with a man who had never walked before. As she was conversing with him through a translator, she said, “We’re about to pray for you, and God is going to heal you. And if He doesn’t heal you, there is no God and His Word is not true.” Of course, I was shocked that she said that, but after she did, she went and laid hands on the man and as soon as she said, “Dear God…” he jumped up, said something in his native language, and ran out of the room. While I’m certainly not advocating that we pray in this manner, I believe that Becky was so sold out for the Lord and so on fire for Jesus that she discerned that God wanted to do a miracle that day — she prayed in bold faith and He responded! 

God is sovereign and He doesn’t do everything that we want Him to. He is in control; you don’t have to remind Him because He already knows! However, He has given you authority, according to His Word, to command things when you pray. When Peter raised the man who was at the Gate called Beautiful in Acts 3, he didn’t ask God to heal him, he commanded it. That’s how Jesus healed people too, with a word: Walk! See! Be healed!

Friend, I want you to pray confidently, boldly, and with faith; no more weakling prayers. When you are faced with a problem or difficult situation in your life, pray first, then seek help elsewhere. Be the same kind of person you would want to pray for you in a crisis and pray everyday with that power. As you do, chains will break, lives will change, and miracles will happen!


Jesus, I ask that you would fill my heart with faith so I can pray with confidence, boldness and courage.


Do you pray big prayers? If not, what do you think stands in your way?

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