I remember learning to pray as a kid, and learning not just how you pray, but what you are supposed to pray about. You should pray to God about “small” things, but not too small, God is busy you know, so don’t bother Him with things that are too little. On the other hand, you should pray about “big” things to God, but not too big; I mean if everyone asked God for a million dollars or to win the lottery, what would happen? As I continue to grow, this model of prayer just did not seem to fit with the biblical model of prayer laid out for us in the Bible.
Jesus taught His disciples to pray for daily provision (daily bread), a seemingly small prayer. Jesus teaches the disciples that prayer can cast out demons (Matthew 17:21), and that God will give them great gifts and answers to prayer if they just ask (Matthew 7:11). One verse on prayer that stands out to me is Matthew 21:21-22, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt…but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”
I do not want to suggest God is our holy ATM, giving us all sorts of stuff if we ask right. Instead I wonder if we ever pray like these verses suggest. Take a moment and think about your prayers. How many of our prayers would make heads turn if God answered them? How many of our prayers require God’s supernatural involvement? How many of your prayers are BIG? I believe this is the kind of prayer Jesus is talking about. The kind of prayer where God’s answer is so dramatic, people would not even consider giving you or another person the glory, but instead would just look and say WOW God.
Consider lifting up a prayer to God that requires an answer only God could provide, and God would get the glory and honor from. Don’t be mistaken these prayers don’t have to be “big” in terms of money, numbers, or influence.
A family prays for a sister dealing with cancer, praying God it is only you who could heal her, may her life be a witness to the medical staff by your healing touch. She was healed of her cancer, and was a powerful witness to the staff at the hospital. Her healing left doctors and specialist scratching their heads wondering, how could that happen? But the family knew, by God’s power alone.
Jesus makes it clear, ask whatever you want in prayer, and have faith that God will answer. Pray big, and have faith that God will answer, and God will show up. Pray big because God wants to show up in our lives. Pray big because we worship a God of unlimited possibilities.
- Why do think we hesitate to pray big prayers?
- If you had to look at your current prayers on a scale of 1 (small request) to 10 (only God could do that, it would make people’s heads turn), where do most of your prayer fall?
- Take time to consider what might be a BIG prayer you can lift up to God for your church, your family, and your relationships. Pray that same BIG prayer for at least 3 months, and journal about how you see God answering it.