We’ve talked about prayer on and off the last few weeks, and make no mistake we’re not going to slow down that conversation. Especially as we approach our stewardship series, I’ve found myself praying pretty intensely over the commitment cards, over the budget, and over our congregation as we discern how we are going to serve God this upcoming year. Yet, I found myself convicted by the Holy Spirit that my prayers were too small. At first, I felt somewhat offended by this conviction, because these prayers came with the truest of intentions. This conviction led me to an old book I’ve read called The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson, if you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it.
The part of the book I was drawn to discussed big dreams. I realized the point of this conviction was that I was praying for things that were obtainable even without God. Sure, I was being realistic in what I was praying for, but I certainly wasn’t being faithful to God’s possibilities. Maybe you’ve found yourself in that place before as well. You’ve prayed for the bare minimum because you were able to just take care of that yourself. If that’s where you’re at because you’re struggling with even getting there, that’s okay, and I think that’s a God sized prayer in the moment. More often than not, it’s because we just haven’t stepped into God’s possibilities yet, whether out of fear, complacency in where we are, or not knowing it.
I want to invite you to join me in a prayer initiative for the rest of this year. This week as we begin asking the question “What If?” we will start with a passage in 2 Chronicles 7. A familiar verse arises from this passage in 7:14, “if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” So, what will God do if we humble ourselves, pray, and seek God’s face? Every day at 7:14 in the morning and/or in the evening, let’s say this simple yet powerful prayer together:
“God, give us eyes to see, ears to hear, and hearts to discern Your vision for Grace UMC.”
Write it down, set a reminder in your phone, put it on a calendar. Let’s pray boldly to God who is bold in response. Powerful things can happen when people of God pray together and trust faithfully together!