So as you know, I am working my way through Draw the Circle, the devotional book to The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson.
It is shifting my perspectives and paradigms of who God is, and what prayer can do. I always knew prayer was powerful. I know prayer changes atmospheres and can bless hurting people. I know that prayer is our way to have a conversation with the Lord.
I knew, logistically, logically, that prayer was a good thing. There have been special moments in my life that I just thought "Yes, Lord! This is what life with You is all about."
I would always have those moments on trips and retreats and outreaches. I would see Him when I was out of my comfort zone, in an unfamiliar place. I would seek after Him when I was expecting Him to move in those experiences.
I would come home, and forget to seek after Him. I would go back to "normal". I would get back into my routine, forgetting that the same God I saw healing and moving when I would pray for others during mission trips, is the same God that is a part of my normal routine.
Life with the Father is not meant to be ordinary.
The tag line on the back of my copy says, "Are your prayers as big as the God you're praying to?"
I think that's a valid question.
Prayers should be bigger than what you, yourself can accomplish on your own.
I once heard a dear friend preaching and she said, "If it's God's will, it's God's bill."
We are being called out of our comfortable prayers. We are being called to activate our faith.
The Lord is not offended by our prayers, friends!
Receive this from Draw the Circle. “Why do we mistakenly think that God is offended by our prayers for the impossible? The truth is that God is offended by anything less! God is offended when we ask Him to do things we can do ourselves. It’s the impossible prayers that honor God because they reveal our faith and allow God to reveal His glory.”
The impossible is a starting point; when we choose to jump into what the Father is doing, He's so faithful to reveal the next step.
Are your prayers as big as the God you're praying to?
Mine weren't, and sometimes still aren't.
Start to grab hold of Ephesians 3:20-21 (MSG) with me!
God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.
The Father is saying that He can do more than I could imagine or request...
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