Elon Musk may not be a name you know, but I’m sure you know of his business ventures. Over the years he has founded PayPal, Tesla Motors, SpaceX, Zip2 and X.com. He’s also the chairman of SolarCity and co-chairman of OpenAI. He’s a very busy and very successful man (worth over $13 Billion).
So what drives him? According to Musk himself, it’s this:
“I didn’t go into the rocket business, the car business, or the solar business thinking this is a great opportunity. I just thought, in order to make a difference, something needed to be done. I wanted to have an impact. I wanted to create something substantially better than what came before.”
Elon Musk is driven by making a difference, having an impact and doing something substantially better. Elon Musk is all about being BOLD in business.
Sunday evening, Pastor David asked us to pray BOLD prayers. What is a BOLD prayer? I suggest a BOLD prayer is one that makes a difference, has an impact and makes things substantially better (key word is substantially).
This week, are you praying BOLD prayers?
I’ve been thinking a lot about BOLD prayers recently because BOLD is my Word of the Year. I realized I’m not very good at being BOLD – especially in my dreams and prayers. I tend to play things safe…better, but not substantially better.
What is a BOLD Prayer?
Today’s scripture reading is from the story of Isaac and Rebekah. Isaac’s father, Abraham, has sent his most trusted servant to find a wife for Isaac. The servant has promised to find a wife from Abraham’s people (not a Canaanite woman) and to bring her to Isaac (Isaac must stay in Canaan).
When the servant shows up to Abraham’s hometown, this is his prayer (Genesis 24:12-15):
This is a BOLD prayer. What makes it BOLD (substantially better)?
1. He asks for success.
Notice how this man begins his prayer asking for success. I think too often we pray asking for success if God wants it. Why wouldn’t God want us to be successful? Everything He puts his hand to is successful, and we are made in God’s image!
When you ask something of God, be BOLD! Pray for success. Believe God wants it for you as much as you want it for you.
2. He asks for specifics.
Abraham’s servant knows he is searching for a needle in a haystack. How can he possibly choose the right person when he knows no one in this town? So, he prays a specific BOLD prayer.
“May she not just get me a drink, but water all my camels.”
By reading the entire story, we know he has 10 camels. A quick Google search tells me a camel can drink up to 30 gallons of water in 13 minutes. That’s up to 300 gallons of water this servant is asking for. Another Google search tells me a gallon of water is about 8 pounds. This servant is asking for a literal ton of water. I hope Rebekah had help.
That’s BOLD (it’s substantially more than just a drink for himself).
Here’s the beauty. When the specifics of his prayer is answered, there are no more questions to ask. He knows God has sent the perfect woman.
And how awesome is God? Before he finishes praying, God has answered him.
This week, as you finish our time of prayer and fasting, I encourage you to pray BOLD prayers. Look for things that will make a substantial difference. Ask for success. Be specific.