You Have to Do This!
As young children, all three of my sons exhibited great belief in the power of prayer. I remember numerous events where one of them fell off a bike, tumbled from bed, jumped off a roof, or burned their finger. Then with a skinned knee, a blistered finger, or a bump on the head they would scream “daddy pray that it will stop hurting!” If it didn’t stop right away they would say “pray again”. It seems that children have this profound trust that God can do anything!
Jesus expounds on this concept in Mark 11:24 when he says, “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” No limits exist in prayer! He is who He says He is, and He can do what He says He can do. What are you asking God for? What are you asking Him to do? Or maybe the better question is, how often are you talking to God?
I think we often treat God as an “order taker”. We petition God and give him our order in hopes that He will come through. This is tragic when it comes to having an intimate relationship with God. Yes, God obviously loves to bless us, but sometimes the things we ask have nothing to do with His will. When Jesus made that statement in Mark 11, it was a statement of intimacy. Meaning that He wants us to be so close to him in prayer that we are praying prayers that touch God’s heart. There are no limits on your requests to God. He will hear you and He will answer you, but whatever the answer is, it will be motivated strictly by His will.
This is a beautiful concept if be selfless in your faith. While God is impressed when we call upon him, He always goes by His word and does what is best for us! This is where trust comes into play. Trusting in the Lord while you pray is essential to an effective prayer life. When we trust God, we’re willing to cast our cares upon him (1 Peter 5:7). We leave it all in His hands and trust that He will do what is best for us. God knows when we are hurt, He knows when we’re in need, He knows when we need him to do something that only He can do, and when we trust in Him, He delights in answering our prayers.
This week at Epicenter, we rolled out an initiative called 7X7. We are challenging our people to pray for 7 minutes a day, 7 days a week, for 7 weeks. We want them to build a lifestyle of prayer and reliance on God. Only through the practice of intentional prayer can we build a reliance on God that allows us to trust him in anything. I would love for you to join us on our prayer journey over the next 7 weeks.