Our church has been going through 21 Days of Prayer, which is essentially when we meet in the mornings for a time of group and individual prayer. We also have prayer cards that people have filled out that we take and pray over each morning. It is such a privilege to be able to prayer for others and on behalf of others.
In knowing the importance of this, and knowing that my card would also be prayed over, the first day I set out to write my usual requests. In the middle of my second request, as I put my thoughts to paper, God stopped me and spoke these words to me.
Reconciliation. Redemption. Restoration. Healing.
I have to stay somewhat vague here, but let’s just say I was stunned, and completely shocked by what I heard Him whisper to me in that moment.
Then as quickly as I heard from Him, the excuses as to why I can’t pray that started to pour in:
I can’t pray that, that doesn’t even make any sense. I don’t even see how that is possible given the situation. Let me just add this other thing too, that makes more sense given the circumstances. I wanted to pray my safe prayer. I wanted my logical and rational prayer.
Has God ever asked you to pray differently? Has he asked you to pray for a situation in a way that you never considered before?
praying for complete healing instead of a peace about a certain diagnosis
praying for the saving of your marriage instead of directions of how to divorce
It is so easy to get stuck in the trap of praying for a logical and safe way to make things happen when God is really telling us to pray bigger and pray bolder.
We want to pray “safe prayers” so we aren’t disappointed when things don’t change. If we pray only safe prayers, then there is a greater chance of what we pray for happening.
But God doesn’t care that our prayers don’t make sense to us because they make sense to Him. There are times we are told to pray a certain way for others and we don’t understand why or what it means. But we do it simply because God told us to.
You can’t wait for your circumstances to determine your level of faith, you have to determine your faith in spite of your circumstances.
Even when nothing changes.
Even when things go from bad to worse.
(this is usually the point where you hear someone say God is with you through it all, and He is but even more than that…)
GOD IS GREATER THAN IT ALL. Don’t set your prayers based on your reality, Set your prayers based on your faith.
I love this message that I picked up from Pinterest:
The same goes for our prayers. He doesn’t care what our circumstances are, He cares what our faith is.
Safe prayers don’t give God much room to move, but Faith prayers do.
I want to pray for reconciliation and restoration in my situation, but I struggle with believing that what I’m praying for will happen. Luckily, we are promised that if we have faith as small as a mustard seed, it is enough to move mountains.
He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. Matthew 17:20.
Here is a picture of a mustard seed for reference. (courtesy of shutterstock.com)
Nothing is impossible for you because nothing is impossible for God (even the things that have you scratching your head asking yourself, “How is that supposed to happen?”)
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26.
Honestly, having faith as small as a mustard seed can be challenging, especially when God is pushing you to pray seemingly impossible things. In these times it is important to keep praying, because there is something to be said about being persistent, and saying these prayers aloud seems to help.
Sweet friends, I don’t know what your mountain is that you’ve asked God to move, or what prayer He’s told you to pray that makes no sense to you, but I want to encourage you to keep asking God to increase your faith to pray those prayers CONFIDENTLY and believe those promises, because through faith he has done the seemingly impossible things!
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:16