Thursday, June 28, 2007

Praying BIG

"Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God's unmerited favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it]." - Hebrews 4:16 (The Amplififed Bible)

Greetings, dear Pilgrim Pals! Two weeks ago I posted the following verse from a hymn written by John Newton (pictured).

Yesterday the Ontario contingent of the Hockey Ministries International staff held our mini-retreat. What a blessed time of prayer we had during our afternoon session. We were sitting on Adirondack chairs by the Lake of Bays in front of a cottage. The breeze was blowing through the trees and the fresh wind of the Holy Spirit was blowing through our lives as we waited on Him.

I challenged the other guys to pray BIG using an example from the George Muller Foundation in Bristol, England where the Board of Directors had been praying for immediate needs but were challenged by one of the men to pray for God to provide not just for the present need but for funds to carry out the tasks which God had placed on their hearts. They began to pray BIG (about 10 times the original dollar amount (or British pounds) and God provided through a most unusual channel. That's just like the Father to do that. He often surprises us with His goodness!

He can do the same for us. For you! That's how this pilgrim has been praying recently. Not just that we could pay next month's mortgage but that we could once-and-for-all pay off the entire amount. Please join us in that petition. THANK YOU!

Here's that verse of the hymn I refered to earlier. Remember these words when you approach the King of Glory with you praises and petitions.

Thou art coming to a King,
Large petitions with thee bring;

For His grace and power are such,
None can ever ask too much!

He is the Almighty God and has bid us to come...boldly! AMEN!


passing-thru said...

WOW -- I didn't see your post David as I was typing mine -- but look how similar -- A GREAT GOD - A BIG GOD -- OUR ROCK in the time of need -------


good stuff , Brother David -

hebrews 11:1 said...

Welcome back, again, Mr. Fisher! I'm happy to hear you had such a good time. We thought of you today when we were at the Chrsitian bookstore...we picked up another "Fisher" pass-it-on..oh, excuse me, "Fishers of Men" pass-it-on :) You should hear the names we give these litte cards...there's "Joss's" and "the Mitchell card", "Shelly's", "Smitty's"... even Mrs. Shirkie has one named after her!

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Praying BIG,
lil pilgrim pal

Terry said...

Dear David...
Here you are back again and you are just on fire!
It is something what the power of prayer and praying can do, eh?
This hymn here reminds me of Passing-thru's post on "Boldly"!
Why not ask the Lord little AND big things?
It reminds me of a story once when a man was offering a poor begger boy some coins and he asked the little boy, "Would you like to take a handful with your own fist or woud you like me to give you the coins with MY whole fist?
The little boy said, "I'll take it MYSELF!".
And then he took as much as his little hand could clutch!"
"Well", said his benefactor, "son that was a poor choice!"
He then grabbed a whole hand of change, as much as HIS fist could gather and showed the lad the difference.
At which the little boy could see instanly that if he had of chosen with his heart instead of his eyes he would have been far more richer, because of course that kind gentleman had hands that were tens of time larger than his tiny hands!

So ask and ye shall receive!

John 11:22.."But I know, that even now, that whatsoever thou ask of God, God will give it thee."

Keep pressing on Pilgrim David....from Pilgrim pal, Terry

hebrews 11:1 said...

Dear Mrs. Shirkie,
Thank you for sharing that story! And that scripture! They are both encouraging.
I just got back from a pleasant walk with my grandma. Usually I walk my grandpa, but he has complained about walking with me lately, because he is a little lazy and all...makes up all kinds of aches and pains to make me feel sorry for him, but he works his garden and yard like he's still 20 (he's 87!). Don't be fooled by his age...he even looks younger than he is.
If I get my thoughts together I'm going to type up a prayer request I'd like to be posted...I've been mulling it over all afternoon, I guess since my brother told me at 2:30....will write more later or tomorrow.

-Lil Pilgrim Pa