Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Wrapping It Up - What You Need to Remember

Today is the final day of my review of SUN STAND STILL: What happens when you dare to ask God for the impossible, by Steven Furtick. I hope these short looks at the concepts Steven discusses have given you a desire to read the whole book, but even more, I hope it has given you the desire to begin to pray audacious prayers. 

Here to wrap things up is a list of 5 truths of and 5 steps to Sun Stand Still prayers. Post them somewhere to help you remember them, and begin to exercise your audacious faith as you ask God to do God-sized things in and through you. Here you go...

5 Truths of Sun Stand Still Prayers

  1. They are audacious 
  2. They are specific
  3. They don't have to be permanent - they can be short term
  4. They may be too personal to share
  5. They thrive with a team

5 Steps to Sun Stand Still Prayers

  1. Activate your audacious faith
  2. Approach God with boldness
  3. Ask specifically for what is humanly impossible
  4. Advance toward the answer
  5. Give God all the glory
This is not a magical formula for getting some really cool stuff. It is a guide for helping you to develop a deeper, more trusting, more fruitful relationship with God. It will require you to move out of your comfort zone, step out when you can't see the ground beneath your feet, allow God to change the way you think about prayer and your purpose in life. 

Remember that God said even with faith as small as a mustard seed you can accomplish impossible things. That's because it's not you doing it - it is God, and nothing is beyond him to accomplish. Above all, remember that God is good and has a perfect plan for you. 

Steven ends this chapter with Isaiah 25:1. It's a good one to commit to memory. 

"O Lord, you are my God;
I will exalt you and your name,
for in perfect faithfulness
you have done marvelous things."

Perfect faithfulness. Can you think of a better description for God? Do you trust him enough to be bold in your faith and your prayers? What has he put on your heart? Take a chance on him. He will not let you down. Read Jeremiah 29:11 and his promise of a perfect plan for you. 

Let our faith be audacious and our prayers be bold!
Gotta' say "Amen" to that! 

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