I have been having a strong emotional reaction lately to a particular sentence when it is said during prayer before a group event.
Lord, let at least one person be touched.
The second I hear that I start praying in my head, “Lord, touch every single person that comes tonight. Let every single person leave closer to You than they arrived.”
You get the idea.
Why do we pray with such limits? Think about the God we serve.
- God created every single person on the globe.
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. (Psalm 139:13)
- He loves every single person the same.
For God so loved the WORLD, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him will have eternal life. (John 3:16)
- He is chasing every person on the globe with His love, wooing them into a personal relationship with Jesus.
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)
So why would we not expect Him to produce good results for every single person at every group event?
And why would we not expect Him to show up strong for us, every single day? This month was intensely busy with work. It took all of my time management skill to make it through. This past week while I was driving to my third conference this month, I asked my daughter to pray that I would be amazing at both my presentation with a student and at running a very difficult meeting.
“I am not amazing,” I said, “but God is, so I expect Him to be amazing through me.”
I pray big, not because I am big, but He is; not because I am amazing, but He is amazing as He lives through me.
Let’s pray big this week.
Our God is limitless, so let’s pray like He is. Our God is magnificent, so let’s pray like He is. Our God is perfect, so let’s pray like He is.
The Holy Spirit that lives inside of you and I is amazing, so expect Him to be amazing through you when You surrender your heart to Him in any moment of the day and let Him do what only God can do….
Be love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22)
Picture Explanation: My husband cleaned out the pictures on his phone. As he scrolled and deleted, he sent me three pictures. These are the ones he liked best of his bride, out of the hundreds.
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