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26 February 2013

God, can you handle my big requests?

There are some things I pray for that are public - safety, protection, health, for myself and those around me. But there are other prayers that rest deep in my heart. I am asking some big things of God. Some I have been praying about for years. Others not as long. But each one is Big. Impossible. Absurd. Insurmountable. Unreasonable. Whatever words you want to use. Can God handle those things? His Word says that He sees my heartbreak, my struggles, my desires, and my joys. But to voice them out loud to Him? Are they too big? Am I asking too much? 


Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

Do you ever realize that you have pretty much stopped praying about something/someone because it just seems impossible? Thinking God must have said "no" because nothing has changed? The devil has all kinds of ways of discouraging us from persisting in prayer, attacking our value, our position in Christ. We sometimes let the day to day things crowd out what is most important. Losing hope is easy when our hope is misplaced. When it becomes focused on the circumstances/outcomes rather than on the cross. I think that we give up too quickly. It is time to be persistant.


Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

I have been studying Abraham recently.  Have you ever really thought about what God promised him - and what Abraham actually saw? He promised him descendants like the stars, like the sand. A land for them to live in. What did he see? 100 years with out any children. 


Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.



What about Simeon? How many years did he trust and pray and wait before he saw Jesus Himself as a baby? Was that a prayer he guarded in his heart or did he share it with others? What an unreasonable thing to hold out for right? Why after thousands of years would he think that the Savior of the world would come into the temple where he served? Faith.


Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

Now is not the time to give up - saying we have no hope, that the situation is impossible. No, now is the time to pray friends. What are we asking God for? The salvation of family or friends? Healing for yourself or someone else? Reconciliation of some kind? A nation to come to know Christ? Our God is big. Our requests can never be too big for Him. So why are we afraid or discouraged to ask? The Bible says to ask - ask in His Name. Now is the time for faith friends. Time to stand up - not to be idle, or to fall lazy in our faith. 


Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

He says that He will do more than we could ever ask or imagine! So let's step out in faith and dream big - let's ask big.  "Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." That is the awesome part. Our hope will not be disappointed! Why? Because our hope is not in our circumstances, in the outcomes of what we are praying for, but in Christ. Our hope is in the truth of His salvation and our eternity with Him. 


Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

I do not know how or when the Lord will choose to answer my requests. Probably not in the same way that I could imagine - His wisdom and purposes are so much higher than I can think through. But I am confident that I can come before His throne and lay my heart and my requests at His feet; and know that our great High Priest is interceding on my behalf. 


I am setting my face forward. I will not give up. I will ask big. 

What are you asking of God? Don't stop. Don't give up. Like Abraham we may or may not see the full fruit of our prayers. But we know that God is faithful, compassionate, just, and will glorify Himself. So ask big - in His Name. 


Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

1 comment:

Tonje said...

Wow Beki, Thank you so much for the reminder! Yes Our God is indeed an awesome God! I'm so thankful that you are safe and sound in His loving arms in Niamey. You're in my prayers <3 Love Tanya in Abidjan