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Are You Ready to Pray Big And Bold?

Keith reminded us last Sunday that Elisha prayed boldly while, at the same time, his servant’s courage was draining out of him like water in a sieve. What made the difference? They were looking at the same landscape. They were both aware of the situation. But Elisha’s servant was seeing only with physical eyes—shiny swords, gleaming shields, fierce armies. The servant saw only the circumstances, and that was sucking the life out of him. Elisha, on the other hand, was seeing with the eyes of faith. He saw more than the enemy. He saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire (see 2 Kings 6:16-17).  Elisha saw God at work. 

I wish I were like Elisha, but I am far too often like the servant. I don’t pray like I should. There, I said it. And when I do pray, my prayers are hardly ever big and bold. Too much of “Lord, I need a little help with this,” “God, if you can…,” “Jesus, I just don’t see how this can be fixed,” “Lord, I don’t know what I’m going to do.” Don’t get me wrong; these are not bad prayers. But if that’s as far as I get with my prayers, I’m like a kindergartner trying to write a novel with alphabet blocks.

I want to grow up. I don’t want to stay a spiritual kindergartner. I want to deal with life the way Elisha did. So, I need to see Elisha’s God and learn to pray in a way that fits who He is. Maybe my prayers have not been big and bold because my view of God is too small. Without seeming to put God in a box, try this description of God on for size:

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us [Holy Spirit], to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen (Ephesians 3:20-21, NKJV):

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He is able to do all that we ask or think.

He is able to do above all that we ask or think.

He is able to do abundantly above all that we ask or think.

He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think.

So, go for it! Pray BIG. Pray BOLD. God will outrun all our aspirations, thoughts, and petitions—exceedingly abundantly outrun them according to the power that works in us! We must not limit that power by going back to a God who is too small. He will do as much for us and through us as we let Him in us.

It’s a no-brainer for me. I’m all for BIG and BOLD! How about you?

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I am a Carrollton native and graduate of Carrollton High and Atlanta Christian College. After 46 years, Linda, the love of my life, and I moved back to Carrollton to join the Southern Hills Christian Church team where my son Shannon is lead pastor. I have two sons, Shannon and Brandon, one daughter, Kristen Ebensberger, and 11 grandchildren.


  1. Myra Knott says

    That is me exactly, a Dale! Oh for faith like Elijah and eyes to see as he did! Great sermon last Subday!

    • Dale Lovelady says

      None of us knows how much time we have left on this earth, but some of us (like you and me) are more aware that time is running out. I want to be bold–however much time is left. We can do it! But we need to encourage each other.

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