I heard a quote from pastor Mark Batterson (from NCC – National Community Church) on twitter a while back and it has been sitting, stirring in my mind for a while.
What he said was this:
“God isn’t offended by big dreams or bold prayers. He is offended by anything less.”
Now from hearing Mark preach before, and reading some of his books, I know he’s not trying to put God into a box or even try and predetermine how or why God does something… but the phrase does resonate something else regarding they way we see God.
How often do you find yourself praying to God about things that could have come true anyway… about the weather, about having a good day at work, about finding a good park because you are late for work. Now lets think about this, you’re praying to the God who made all creation, and your prayers are nothing more than “hope you have a nice day”… THE GOD OF ALL CREATION people, who are you speaking too? Now I know that God also provides for our most basic needs, in intricate detail… but that doesn’t mean that’s ALL he can do for us, small detail. Our God is MUCH bigger than that.
In The Bible in John it says:
“My purpose is to give life in all it’s fullness”
It’s a bit hard for God to give you life in all it’s fullness, when you don’t let God move in your life in a way that lets him.
This is the God that gave us the power “to move mountains” if we have “faith even as small as a mustard seed”… yet we seem either to be so worried about embarrassing God when he doesn’t do what we prayed for, that we don’t give him anything that would prove to us that he is God… and what makes you think that you should be God’s PA, he doesn’t need a nanny to look out for him so his feelings don’t get hurt.
The other reason we don’t give him our biggest prayers is maybe we are worried that maybe God will disappoint us, remember Jesus said when he was talking about prayer “If your child asks you, his father, for a fish, would you give him a snake instead?”… you see EVEN if the answer is “no” God still wants the VERY best for you.
So are you living your “life in it’s fullness”?
You see it’s not about being reckless with your life and doing crazy things and hoping that God will pick you up… it’s about listening to the amazing things that God has placed on your heart… that Crazy thought that seems like it’s impossible to come to pass…
Well… pray BIG
Because God wants to show you his power and Glory will be to God.