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Prayer: Pray Bigger

Want to go deeper in prayer? The truth is, we “can’t get there from here.” As with all things of God, we need a helper, and thankfully, we have one. The Holy Spirit is alive in us (John 14:17). He’s here to teach us (John 14:26) and He’s no stranger to intercession. “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans… the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God” (Rom. 8:26-27).

If we gave Him a chance, where do you think the Spirit would take us in prayer? We know sometimes we just flat-out don’t have because we don’t ask (James 4:2). But what if we asked commensurate with who God is? Believe big, ask big! Why? Because there is no one like our God! (Ex. 8:10). His arm is not too short (Num. 11:23). Our God even “calls into existence the things that do not exist” (Romans 4:17). Nothing is impossible with Him (Matt. 19:26).

When we consider the absolute power, sovereignty and grace of God, we can confidently “draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need (Heb. 4:16), knowing that we will never pray too big for our mighty God. Pray on.

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Prayer: Will He Find Faith?

We have our marching orders; prayer is part of God’s will for us. “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thess. 5:16-18). But there’s something that affects our motivation to pray: answers.

Sometimes we pray and we see answers right away. (Hooray, God!) Sometimes, God just flat out says no. No is not our favorite word, but in this nanosecond age of technology, there’s one that’s even harder: “Wait.” But perhaps the most challenging response of all is nothing. (God, where are you?)

In Luke 18, Jesus told His disciples a parable about a persistent widow who kept bugging a judge for justice. While we say that seems annoying, Jesus used it as an illustration of persistent prayer. In verse 5, this unjust judge says “‘…because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’” Jesus said this so we’d be assured “always to pray and not lose heart” (verse 1).

But it’s the last question in this passage that’s most telling. “… when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” (verse 8). At the end of the day, prayer is all about persistent faith. “…without faith, it is impossible to please him” (Heb. 11:6). And so we pray on.

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