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Pull Boldly!

When I saw this witty little sign on the main doors of our school library, I immediately thought, “Now THAT’S biblical!”

The first scripture that came to mind was Hebrews 4:16: “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”- (NIV) A man whom many call the “Prince of Preachers” has a wonderful illustration for this verse.

Prayer pulls the rope below and the great bell rings above in the ears of God. Some scarcely stir the bell, for they pray so languidly. Others give but an occasional pluck at the rope. But he who wins with heaven is the man who grasps the rope boldly and pulls continuously, with all his might.

Charles Spurgeon

Frankly, I’ve said many prayers that had all the firmness of a limp noodle. The disciples apparently had some moments like these with Jesus. Near the end of His earthly life, He says. almost chiding them, “Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.” —John 16:24 (NIV)

However, there have been other times when the Holy Spirit moved me to pray boldly. As I recall, each of these powerful requests was answered, “Yes.” The book of James reminds us that the prophet Elijah was a regular human, just like us. And when he prayed earnestly, things happened—MAJOR things. “The prayer of a good person has a powerful effect.” — James 5:16 (GNT)

Kind reader, I will cease my ramblings with a closing question: Is there something you need to ask of Jesus?

Pull Boldly!

By davidsdailydose

I'm just a regular guy who was
tempted to lose all hope but did not. It was God who made the difference.

43 replies on “Pull Boldly!”

After reading this, David, I wonder if the type of prayer- “limp noodle” vs. bold is directed by the source of the prayer. A “limp noodle” being one of human origin while the other is powered by the Holy Spirit. Of course the limp noodle can be transformed into a bell ringer as you pointed out. You gave a great quote by Spurgeon!

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How true, brother. We are never alone. I like to collaborate and work cooperatively with others. Going it alone, on almost anything, is stressful for me. Thank God we have an advocate with the Father! I appreciate your thoughts, Alan. Blessings!

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I really love that Spurgeon quote David; so often I have to remind myself that we are called to be bold in prayer to our Father. Satan wants us to feel alone, when in fact we are never alone. Thank you for this timely post brother, may God bless you richly this weekend.

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Haha … I really DO appreciate your comments and affirmation, David. Thank you so much.
My goal is always to support and encourage others. I’ve learned a lot as a counselling professional … and through dealing with trauma in my personal life. I know how difficult the recovery journey is.

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Thank you for sharing David! This reminds me of the verse: “The effective fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much”. I’m definitely sharing this.

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Hi David. Dan has just a bit of a cough, but he is otherwise fine. I tested negative, so the next day I got boosted. I’m off to see my mom today after not visiting since before Thanksgiving. Dan is staying home just to be safe. Thank you for asking! Enjoy your Saturday!

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Some talk about prayer like it’s a magic formula. I disagree. It’s more like tuning into a radio station—a heavenly one. There are times when you just KNOW what to pray and HOW hard to pull the rope. It sounds like your mom had an experience like that while praying for your son. Thanks, Betty. Blessings to you and Dan. I trust you both are fully recovered?

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I never thought about how much confidence I have when I pray. But I guess if you pray with faith, the confidence is in there somewhere. When my son was born so many years ago, he had some medical issues. I remember my mom later saying, “You don’t know how hard I prayed.” Over time, my son’s issues were resolved. I do believe his baptism (which I had asked for before his scheduled brain surgery – and which was cancelled at the last minute due to his sudden improvement) and all our prayers were answered.

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Thank you, David. I found this challenging – and a good reminder that we’re ALLOWED to ask with boldness. I realize that often I’m timid in my prayers when I needn’t be. You’ve encouraged me to approach prayer differently now.

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Thank you, Barb. I found the quote I shared in a wonderful book called “The Quotable Spurgeon,” published by Shaw Press, and edited by Lewis Drummond. It is written in devotional format—a scripture passage followed by a quote from Spurgeon. Anyway, being a book lover, I believe you would enjoy it! Thank you for reading and sharing.

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