Thursday, January 21, 2010

Ask for Miracles!

Ahh, I'm updating on my Grandma's ancient early 2000's desktop. You see I had one of the fastest laptops in the world before, but I'm lending it to a friend temporarly, so it was this or drive to the library. I love it though. I like "roughing it" like this with technology, it always makes me feel closer to my work that I do with it. Anyway, I have two posts to show. I figure you'll end up reading this one second, but oh well! One is that poem that I nearly went insane over, but still managed to thoroughly enjoy making and this one is just another post. =D So let's begin shall we?

I'm hoping to have a less intense topic this time round. I want to talk about coming to terms with God's infinite nature.  I realize we will always fail to truly comprehend the true scale of Him, that its beyond our minds' capability. We can though, strive to remember that fact. It seems to me from my experience as well as the experiences of those around me, we tend to underestimate our God, and in doing so, load blanks into one of our greatest weapons: prayer. My church's worship band had their ministry set around a single idea: God is bigger. Anything we face, do, don't do, think, ponder, misunderstand, believe, see, etc. God is bigger than all of it. We still manage to underestimate Him though. We underestimate what He is capable of, what He is willing to do, and how He's willing to do it. Here's an example from the  book: "In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day"  by Mark Batterson. Which is a great book by the way. You know Elisha?  Elijah's assistant? Guess what his first miracle was. Making iron float. He was around  laborers near a river. One of the guys' axehead flew off and fell into the river. Now the laborer mentioned how it wasn't his and he was obviously considering it lost. Elisha had other plans though and I bet he started praying. Now if I'm Elisha, I'm hoping for at best that either the guy he borrowed it from won't be mad or that he'll manage to get a new axehead. Elisha though, I figure, would be praying bigger. Once he was done, he throws his stick in the water and then, up pops the axehead floating on the water. Iron is unbelievably heavy. Trying to make it float would be a big task. Yet God is bigger. We need to pray to the infinite God, not a tiny god. You can't underestimate him, because he will always flip the script. We have to stop boxing in God. Maybe the reason prayers are often times unanswered is because we choose to limit them! Let your prayers be filling! We have to start believing that with prayer we are talking to the same God who built us from dirt, brought pillars of fire, brought city walls crashing down, gave rain in a drought, healed the lame and sick,  fed thousands, and sent his only son, the holiest of all things to earth to the most degrading death so that we could find peace. We got to trust and have faith with that. We are talking to GOD! Think about it! I keep saying it, but I don't think everyone is getting it! Now he might not grant all our prayers, because we don't always pray according to His will, but he does say:

"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened." Matthew 7:7-8

Is that at least not enough of a reason to take everything before Him? Your wants, needs, fears, failures, doubts, sins, hopes, dreams, ideas, all of it. He already knows it, so why not tell Him anyway?

I'll admit, sometimes these posts may seem basic, and down right obvious, but you know what? I don't believe where we are as believers can handle anymore than that. I believe our current situation as a whole requires us to return to the elementary principles. We've been trying to much to one up one another with new ideas that we've forgotten the basics. We may seem to know how to do these things, but knowing and putting it into action are two very different things. Prayer isn't a wish list. Prayer isn't an emergency 911 button. It's a daily, constant connection between you and your Creator. You speak and He listens AND you listen while He speaks (I think we forget that last part a lot too!). Guys we have to live by the basics of faith, we can't handle more than that. We need to have faith, simply. We can't keep on adding on to things to appear new! Nothing is new! We have all we need and let us stick to it! Think it over and PRAY over it!

Much Love,

"Common sense as well as common values all lead us. Our future depends upon it and our present is going to be vastly better when we get back to these basics." - Joan Blades

"I had to spend countless hours, above and beyond the basic time, to try and perfect the fundamentals." - Julius Erving


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