Dare to Pray BIG

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When I first lay my head down at night, like a lot of people, I often say a prayer or two. I think about who I know who is most in need, and then I ask God If He would be so kind as to help them.

Recently I’ve been praying for the person who does my deep tissue muscle massage. His wife attempted suicide due to a crushing load of debt she created and of which he was completely unaware. Apparently the extreme guilt she silently carried drove her to try to kill herself. Fortunately, she was unsuccessful in her attempt. My friend is devastated by his wife’s suffering and disturbed mental state, as well as the unexpected dramatic reversal in their financial situation. I figure they can both use some prayers, so they have been in my thoughts every night.

I have always tended to pray in a sort of small and meek way, since I felt like doing so is being humble and properly respectful of God. If I asked for too much, I thought he might consider it arrogant of me. So my prayers have usually been like these:

  • Please help my friend’s wife overcome her suicidal tendencies and help them get their finances back in order.
  • Please help my son Christopher get through the training phase of his new job and get in the union so he can be a full-time employee.
  • Please help my daughter get successful treatment for the pituitary gland growth she is suffering from.

But I have since realized that God really wants me to pray BIG. He wants me to recognize that He is all-powerful and all-loving, and that He can do anything. He wants me to trust Him, so He can rescue my family, friends, and me, and we will give Him glory.

So now my prayers are more like these:

  • Please provide my friend and his wife with renewed stability, peace, and security, so they can live their lives happily and to the fullest!
  • Please help Christopher enjoy a long and productive career that he loves and provides all that his family needs!
  • God, Jennifer has had so many health issues throughout her life, please help her to be well throughout her life so she is happy and fully enjoys living!

I have found that if I pray BIG, God wants to reward my deep and abiding faith, and He does wondrous, even miraculous, things. So don’t be afraid to ask Him for all that it is you desire!

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TIM MCINTYRE retired in 2004 from his position as president of Applied Systems after facilitating a successful sale of the company. At only forty-six years old, he made the unusual decision to fully retire to pursue other interests and simply enjoy free time. As a hard-driving Type A personality, this turned out to be a significant challenge for the Notre Dame and University of Chicago-educated MBA, CPA, and Certified Cash Manager.

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