Tuesday, June 19, 2012

“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.” Joshua 1:7

Recently, my friend Carey wrote a terrific devotional blog about praying “stretching prayers.” It struck a chord with me because if I’m honest, my prayers aren’t really that spectacular. I pray for my family and friends, pray for strength, provision and peace, pray over illness and disasters – you know, the “safe” stuff.

But, what if…

After I read that blog, I thought back to a time not all that long ago when God made it abundantly clear that He not only had a good plan for my life, but He gave me a clear, direct vision of what that plan looked like, speaking in an audible voice directly into my heart.

It made me think.

  • How much have I really yielded to Him to follow this path?
  • Have I honestly dedicated myself to His plan and His purposes?
  • Am I constantly seeking His will and His ways?
  • Are my prayers “big, stretching” prayers that may involve risk, but will align me with His heart?

God has used closing doors and “divine interruptions” to grab hold of my attention. He’s removing any doubt that I can or should be plowing ahead of my own volition. My want to feel comfortable and safe are being replaced with a need to completely trust and take risks for Him.

So, why should I be afraid?
“Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. ” Isaiah 12:2

God has a place of significant reserved for me, but only when I yield to His calling.
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9

The job is clear.
“…to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.” Luke 1:79

I don’t have to figure it out alone.
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10

So, are you with me? Are you willing to pray those “stretching prayers” that may just cause ripples in our lives we can’t imagine? And yet, if we do, we just might begin to see what life if truly all about.


  1. He is on a HUNT girl for people who will not only pray these stretching prayers, BUT for who will say YES when HE answers or calls us to do something for HIM that is "stretching" -- I'm with YOU! I have found that there is NO better joy than to be used by God, to be stretched, and refined -- it's NOT easy, it definately takes me outside my box, my comfort zone, BUT that's when life. Begins. {for me anyway}. LOVE your post friend. Thank YOU for sharing it with me. =)

    1. Teri, thanks! My little discomfort is nothing compared to the BIG rewards He has planned as a result of our obedience. Praying with you!

  2. Love this, Patti! I want to dare to pray stretching prayers. I want Him to expand me one situation, one decision, one day at a time into an ordinary girl who's more yielded to Him and therefore more able to be used by Him.