Prayer and the Difference It Makes

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Have you ever been in a fight when you were a kid and all you could say was “my dad can beat up your dad!” Turns out that can still work when you’re grown up with a little bit of a different context.

God is Bigger Than Your Dad

It’s clear we don’t face the same kinds of troubles or pains we did when we were smaller and ignorant, but that doesn’t mean we should approach them in a different way. Instead of saying your dad can beat up his dad, you say your God can beat up your problems. Don’t make it elementary; it isn’t. God asks us to approach Him as a child, believing He is capable and loving enough to win on our behalf. Take a look.

Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matt 18:3)

This doesn’t mean you should ignorant like you were as a child. Jesus also said, “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.” (Matt 10:16)

Be smart and tactical, prepare for all kinds of troubles and pains so you’re ready when they happen. In the mean time, pray like you’ve never prayed before. Pray so hard your brain explodes.

“Why should I? It never works,” you might say.

I know. It sure seems like the God we read about is ever present in the past and waiting in the future with rewards but hardly in the now. I read the same bible and I know the feeling. The reality is though, He is just as active in the present as He was in the past and will be in the future. God will reveal himself on your behalf in miraculous ways should you believe in Him.

And the Sun Didn’t Set

Moses’ pupil Joshua is requested for aid. A neighboring allied city called Gibeon is about to be overrun by five different militias. Joshua marches all night long with his army, ready for battle with the best of the best, the cream of the crop. God speaks to him saying, “Do not be afraid of them; I have given them into your hand. Not one of them will be able to withstand you.” (Joshua 10:8)

True to God’s words Joshua’s army cuts down the opposers ruthlessly. The armies begin to flee and Joshua isn’t about to let them get away. What if they regroup and try something again? He prays bigger than you or I may have ever even considered:

 “‘Sun, stand still over Gibeon, and you, moon, over the valley of Aijalon.’ So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, till the nation avenged itself on its enemies, as it is written in the Book of Jashar.” (Joshua 10:13)

It may be difficult to comprehend this as a possibility in your life but if you are brave enough to pray this way, God can do it.

God is big. God bless.

 

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