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January 19, 2011

The 'Secret' to Powerful Prayer...

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Greetings, Dear Friends!

Susie Larson here...

And to those visiting, I say welcome! I post every Wednesday and my sole purpose is to nourish your soul along the way. Each month I give away a $10.00 Starbucks gift card to someone who posts on my blog. So leave a comment, share a story or insight, and just maybe you'll win a jolt of java for you and a friend! 

As most of you know, I have a radio show,Live the Promise with Susie Larson The program now airs 6 days a week! Join us every weekday from 2:30-3:00 CST, and on Saturdays from noon to one, KTIS AM 900, on the Faith Radio Network, or listen online at: www.faith900.com We've had some amazing guests and some powerful dialogue. Hope you can join us!

Also, I want you to have the inside scoop. Be sure to check my Facebook page for a heads up on my weekly giveaways (that way you'll know when to call for a book you may want). I'll also post daily questions and may read your comments on the air.  

Now on to my topic...

For the first week of 2011, we dedicated all of our shows to different spiritual disciplines that help us to live more full and free lives. And, we dedicated all of last week's shows to different aspects of FAITH (we had some phenomenal guests - check 'em out if you need a spiritual shot in the arm!). 

At the beginning of one of those shows (can't remember which one), I started the show by talking about two important attitudes that precede powerful praying, and here they are: Humility & Boldness.

Some people come boldly before God, but lack the humility, and the result? A misplaced sense of entitlement. Others come before God with a 'worm-like' humility that reveals a misunderstanding of our NEW identity in Christ. They are so focused on their lack, they totally miss God's promise of supply. Because of His Victory on the Cross, we've been made heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ. Absolutely mind boggling when you think about it.

Let's look at a few examples from the Word of God of how humble boldness moved the heart of God. The combination of these two attitudes are essential to mountain-moving faith!

Matthew 8 - A Roman soldier approached Jesus with a desperate need. His servant was sick in bed, desperately in pain. He appealed to Jesus and Jesus agreed to go to the officer's home and touch the boy. Here we see the soldier embrace humility. He - as a man of status- recognized that Jesus was a man of even greater status and said to Him, "I'm not worthy to have you in my home..." And the officer was also bold. He continued (my paraphrase), "I understand authority because I have authority and am under authority. You can speak into my situation right here, right now, Jesus, and I know Your words will change everything." Jesus recognized this man's humility mixed with boldness as great faith and his servant was healed that hour. Imagine having such faith that Jesus Himself stops in His tracks and takes notice. That's the kind of faith we're called to every single day. 

Then there's the Gentile woman we read about in Matthew 15. Her daughter was possessed by a demon and she desperately wanted her healed. Jesus ignored her initial request. She was a Gentile woman approaching a Jewish man. A bold move, indeed. Jesus ignored her initial request (I think, to test His disciples). She appealed again and this time He answered by explaining His mission. She appealed again to which Jesus gave this harsh answer (again, I believe this was to test her faith and the hearts of His disciples), "It isn't right to take food from children and throw it to the dogs." She came right back with a brilliant answer, 'That's true, but even dogs are allowed to eat the scraps that fall from the table." Jesus responded with great affection, admiration and an answer to her prayers, "Dear woman, your faith is great and your request is granted."

Humility and Boldness. A powerful combination. 

Please allow me to give you one more example from God's Word, though there are many from which to choose: 

In Luke 8 we read about the woman with the issue of blood. This poor woman suffered in unimaginable ways. She had the inferior stigma of being a woman and the negative stigma of her issue of blood (which, like leprosy, forced her to isolate from people; she was considered unclean). She had to live with the horrible body odor caused from bleeding, the wretched and chronic fatigue; the lonliness of isolation, and the pain of being unloved and misunderstood. This woman was supposed to live separate from the people - and I'm sure she did until she couldn't stand it another moment. And so, one day she pressed in and pressed through for a breakthrough. This bold woman pressed through the crowd and grabbed the hem of Jesus' garment. And instantly: She. Was. Healed. Her bleeding stopped. Her body restored. Her energy returned. Can you imagine what that was like?

At that moment, Jesus turned around and asked who touched Him because He felt the power go through Him. This bold woman did not run away in fear (but how tempting it would have been in attempt to hang on to her healing!), she bowed before Jesus and admitted that she was the one who touched Him. I believe Jesus engaged her in this way so He could convey, "You didn't take healing from Me. I gladly gave it to you. Be healed and restored!"

I just love Jesus. Don't you?

Come humbly and boldly before Him! He wants to do more for you, in you, and through you, than you can even conjure up in your wildest thoughts! 

Sorry this post was so long, but I hope it encouraged your faith today!

~Until next week.

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Hi Kristen,

I'm so grateful God spoke to you through this post! To answer your question regarding the journal, we've checked a number of places and it's SO expensive to get it reprinted. We need a publisher to pick it up, so that's what I'm praying for. So sorry for the delay. We continue to receive requests for the journal so I have to believe that God is not done with it yet! Bless you and thanks for asking. :)

Thank you, Bonnie!

I loved your thoughts as well. We too often forget the majesty and mightiness of God. He is THE Creator, after all! When I ponder the bigness of God, and then my thoughts move to His intimate love for me, I understand in a whole new way how important it is to live fully for Him. Everything else pales in comparison, wouldn't you say? Bless you, sister!

Kathleen,

I always appreciate hearing from you! I'm glad God is leading you to a new place of humility and boldness. It means He's getting you ready for something more! May your eyes see Him and your ears be fine tuned to His gentle whisper. Trust Him, He will lead you in the way that you should go. You are His prized possession. Be blessed, my sister.

Kathy,

All I could think of as I read your post was, "Preach it, sister! Keep going! Don't stop!" What a beautiful portrayal of God's heart for us! He is our greatest treasure, to be sure. And YOU are one of His amazing masterpieces. So glad to know you. :)

Dear Morgan,

So glad you stopped by! And you are so right! As we keep our focus on Jesus, we remember our place before Him - we are joint heirs with Christ, we're everything to Him! And yet, nothing without Him. As we approach the throne of Grace with awe and wonder mixed with faith and assurance, we find a Savior ready to move in and change our lives. To me, it's like making a way for the Lord - giving Him total access to our lives. I love the thought. Bless you.

Dear Rachel,

What a wonderful word of encouragement! I'm SO grateful that your soul is nourished here! May the Lord open up new doors before you. May He give you the faith and tenacity to hang on to His promises. And may He fill your heart with love so that He can change the world through you. Blessings to you, my sister!

Lorilee,

He's got you! I know you're walking through the valley but God absolutely loves your heart to hang on, press in, and walk forward. He is with you. Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be dismayed. For the Lord Your God is with you! Blessings, sister!

Thank you again for the reminder that I am His child and He is in my presence and will work all things together for good! I need to go before Him and ask and know that He is the almighty!!!

Thank you for this, Susie! Your writing always seems to reach me in a way very few writers do. I really appreciate the things you share with us, your grateful readers. Thank you for pointing me to the truth of God's Word post after post!

What a great reminder of two great qualities we are to live by! Having humility and boldness can only be demonstrated in our lives by keeping our focus right on Jesus, like you explained. Otherwise, our humility can turn into an unhealthy self-consciousness and our boldness can turn into selfishness. I need to keep striving to balance humility and boldness in my daily life. Thanks so much for the post!

After leading women through "What God Really Thinks About Women" by Sharon Jaynes this fall, I fell in LOVE with Jesus SOOO much more! In both the cases with women, he was "calling out their faith", making it rise to the surface, making them "move forward by holding back" in the first story and by "calling to know who touched him" in the second. He didn't want them to go back to being inferior and hidden as society had imposed on them. He drew them out for boldness in faith.

Imagine the turn-around for the woman with blood! From hidden and unclean to INTIMACY WITH THE KING of the UNIVERSE! Woah! I get so excited about these stories now!

Great, great message Susie!

Thank you Susie, this article was really deep, true, and wonderful. What a picture. God has been trying to teach me to be bold, humble but bold. What an encouragement to me this week. Never apologize for it being too long, I could have kept reading. THANK YOU.

Thank you, Susie for this reminder. Scripture tells us that we have a faith, that when exercised, can move mountains ... your words regarding our conversations "with" a mighty God also remind me that when exercised, can truly change things. What a mighty and loving God we serve! Praying for you as you transparently share with us all.

Thanks so much for your encouragement today. I truly needed it. I am grateful for you and your words and how you allow God to work through you. By the way, I would still love to get my hands on a copy of Sacred Conversations. Are you going to republish it?

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