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A Cup of Comfort Devotional for Mothers and Daughters (Adams Media, 2009)
Chicken Soup: What I Learned from the Dog (2009)
Love is a Flame (Bethany House, 2010)
Extraordinary answers to Prayer (Guideposts, 2010)
Love is a Verb (Bethany House, 2011)
Big Dreams from Small Spaces (Group Publishing, 2012)

Thursday, October 13, 2011

"Sun Stand Still" Prayers

I just finished reading an excellent book called Sun Stand Still, by Steven Furtick.
The message of the book is about daring to ask God for impossible things.
And I'm not talking about asking for a nicer house, or new car, or a trip to Vegas.

This is about realizing that God has given you a vision that He wants you to pursue, and asking Him to work through you with His supernatural power to accomplish that vision. Not long after coming to faith in the Lord Jesus, God gave Steven Furtick a vision to start a life-changing church in a major city. A few years later, after becoming a pastor, Mr. Furtick and his family and a few brave souls left their jobs and homes and moved to Charlotte, North Carolina. The result of their "audacious" faith? Elevation Church. They've seen thousands of professions of faith and they've grown to over six thousand members.

In Sun Stand Still, Steven Furtick uses the example of Joshua and his battle against a band of people called the Amorites. (Joshua 10) Joshua had the audacity to pray that God would make the sun stand still so that he and his warriors would have the extra time to rout the enemy and completely defeat them. Talk about an audacious prayer!

Of course,  we're not Joshua or Steven Furtick. God has a different call for me and for you. But it begins with a passion, put inside you by the Holy Spirit. Do we dare ask God to do great things in us and through us for His Kingdom? Are we willing to push aside fear, doubt, lack of discipline, discouragement, and trust God by obeying the inner promtings of His Spirit?

My vision is for God to bless me supernaturally with power to write words that will reach, inspire, encourage, help, comfort, and point the way to Jesus. I believe that He has placed this vision inside me, and then prompted me to pray in alignment with 'His will.
Of course, I can't just sit in my office chair and plead with the Lord to make me a better writer. I've got to keep praying and staying in the Word. I've got to step out in faith. I've got to get down and write. And I've got to respond to the opportunities to use this gift for Him.

I've put a notecard next to my computer screen. It says: "My writing is an act of worship."
That card reminds me that the writing I'm about to do is all about Him:
  • It is born from Him
  • It is prompted by Him
  • It is given to Him
  • It is grown through Him
  • Its results are accomplished through Him
Let's dare to envision and pray for great things.
Then, let's be willing to more forward in obedience and faith.
 Let's be people:
"who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies." (Hebrews 11: 33, 34)

(If you're curious about Steven Furtick's book, Sun Stand Still, it is published by Multnomah Books.)



  1. Hi Dena -

    Love this topic! It made me think. Do I pray "audacious prayers?" Sometimes. Thanks for challenging me.

    Susan :)

  2. Thanks, Denise. Thanks Susan. We're all writers who want our work to bless others. Isn't it amazing to see the Holy Spirit gives us all that same drive? We plant and we water, but God brings about the increase.

  3. Amen. Good word.

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