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August 17, 2011

Do You Pray For Yourself?

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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 airs 6 days a week. Join us every weekday from 3:00-4:00 CST, and on Saturdays from 1:00-2:00, KTIS AM 900, on the Faith Radio Network, or listen online at: www.faith900.com - Wow! We've had some powerful shows lately!

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...

A while back I had the privilege of interviewing author and pastor Dr. Will Davis, Jr., and let me tell you, he was a great guest! We discussed his book, "Faith Set Free: Pray for Yourself With Reckless Abandon."

Our call screen lit up right away with callers wanting to discuss the whole issue of praying for yourself, not to mention, praying for yourself with reckless abandon (and only one caller got through for some odd reason). :(

I posted a question on Facebook asking whether or not people felt comfortable praying BIG for themselves. A number of women admitted that at least initially, it was difficult to dare to pray such a bold prayer. 

Many people feel a sense of guilt about praying for themselves, though Jesus calls us to ask, seek, and knock. Many feel it's selfish to pray for yourself, and it can be, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't still pray about everything on our hearts. As we draw near to God, He draws near to us. As we close the gap between us and God, we become more like Him, more aware of His presence, and more passionate about His concerns for us.

We can pray for others and do great exploits in that regard (and part of our prayer life should always involve the needs of others), but, we will never realize our fullest potential until God is given access to work in and through us. He has gifted us, He has written a destiny over our lives that only WE can live out; and He has put desires in our hearts that are straight from HIM. 

Imagine how it must make Him feel when He breathes life into one of our hidden desires and we are so sure that the inner nudge is our selfishness talking, that we turn a deaf ear to God and instead scold ourselves for thinking such a ridiculous thought. 

We cannot please God without faith. He delights in every detail of our lives. He is crazy in love with us. He has written our name on His hand. He has a plan to prosper us, not to harm us. He ordained and appointed us for good works long before we were born. And, when we delight in Him, He establishes us, in our desires, in our giftedness, and in ways that we never thought possible. 

Some of our desires are simply selfish. But tucking them away and pretending they don't exist, is not the answer. Some of our desires seem selfish but are really linked to our God-sized call, and we'll have a ball when we dare dream with God and walk out those desires. How can we know the difference? We determine not to be so self aware. We run boldly into our Father's presence and ask Him to listen to every one of our concerns. We determine not to edit ourselves before we reach His throne (would you ask your child to tone down his dreams before he dares share them with you?). 

The Father, in His love, will shape our desires to fit His will. He'll change our hearts and renew our minds. And the cool thing is, our dreams are often too small. As we dare to admit our heart's desires, we will find a loving God right there to stir up our faith and lead us in the way that we should go. And remember, our God-sized call will always further His Kingdom and make life better for others.

Pray BIG for yourself today. And tomorrow. And the next day. See what God will do.

If you want to listen to the podcast of my interview with Will Davisclick here.

Now to HIM who is ABLE to do immeasurably MORE than ALL we can ASK or IMAGINE, ACCORDING to His power at work within us (Ephesians 3:20).

~Until next week.

 

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Part of my day to day is offering hope to others, and I have lost it myself. Thank you for writing this. I needed it desperately.

Dear Karen,

So nice to connect with you here! Thanks for stopping by. We so loved our time at Istrouma. I'm still recovering, feeling tired, but so grateful. :) May God continue to fill you up to overflowing. May He give you peace and grace. And may He stir up a fresh faith to lay hold of your next place of promise. Blessings to you, my sister!

Dear Sherri,

I love reading that God has put dreams in your heart. May He breathe fresh life on those dreams; may He show you what seeds to plant now so you can reap a harvest later! May He open great doors of opportunity for you; and may His Kingdom increase in and all around you. Blessings to you, my sister!

Hey Kathleen,

I always appreciate your posts! You are right, there is so much negativity out there, it's hard to see the forest for the trees. And though we live in turbulent times, God is still the strength of our hearts, and our portion forever. His promises still stand and we will stand in Him. He is always good, always in control, and He will not forsake us! It's great doing this journey with you. Bless you, my dear!

Dear Susie, I attended the Saturday morning gathering at the Istrouma Baptist Church in Baton Rouge on August 20th. I just wanted to tell you that I was so blessed by your words! Thank you so very much for sharing your message with us. From this point I will be reading your blog on a regular basis and if I can I will listen to your radio show. I have downloaded one of your books to my Kindle and I already love it! You are truly anointed and I am thankful that I was in attendance on that Saturday. Peace in Christ.

Susie, thank you for this post. I have been wrestling with this very thing! There are personal dreams that I have felt since I was 9 years old and I felt selfish praying that they would come true. Even dipped into fear if they did. Lately, God has been telling me in various places of his love for me and that it's GOOD to dream big dreams and see what happens! Thank you for being another messenger for Him.

Hi Susie, I just love your blog. We live in such a negative world and reading your blog and your book is such a breath of fresh air. There is even a lot of negative in the church, I hate to say that, but I am not talking specifically about MY church, the people there are such a blessing. I always gleen so much for your writings, I will have to listen to that interview later today. I was feeling bad reading the above because I have no problem praying for myself! It is so needed, I am desperate for His hand in my life. But then I realized that it was silly for me to feel bad that I didn't feel bad! What a twist. God bless you sister.

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