Janet Sketchley commented on last Friday’s post called God Never Runs Out:
“Thanks for this reminder, Jan! Thinking about some of the things we refill… I tend to use them sparingly, ration them so I don’t run out. Often that’s silly because it’s an easy thing to replace. Sometimes it’s a special thing in limited quantity, and I hold back from enjoying it because I don’t want it to be gone.
With God, how often do we do the same thing? He’s the one non-depletable resource, and He loves it when we jump right in.”
This week my thoughts are again on our Big God.
When we travel out-of-country we take out medical insurance. We never consider travelling without it. It covers us for medical expenses that might happen. We decide on the size of deductible that we feel comfortable with. Then we travel we the assurance we are covered.
This made me think about the coverage God gives us. I believe, because of Jesus, we have full coverage. Jesus paid the deductible so that we have freedom to learn, grow and ask for forgiveness to cleanse our souls.
Since we have such abundant coverage do we use it to the fullest extent? Are we requesting the desires of our hearts or are we holding back?
In all things we have to remember that God has us covered. The “policy” that we have taken in Christ says we are “under the cover of prayer”.
Something that health insurance won’t do is give you more than you ask for. For instance, they don’t cover my teeth in my policy. And my policy has a time restriction too.
But God will give us even MORE than we ask or could dream about. Priscilla Shirer suggests that we end our prayers with these words: “God, please do this or something better.” I like this as it opens the door wide open for God’s power and plans.
“God made sunsets and sunrises. He exceeds all expectations. When you know your God is transcendent, that His ability and His truth go infinitely beyond you, then it causes you to pray differently. When you know who you’re dealing with, it changes how you relate to Him. It makes you believe for bigger things.” (Faithful, Abundant and True Bible Study, page 91)
And we read in the New Testament:
“And since God already knows what we need, He is eagerly waiting for us to ask for it. Don’t bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need. This isn’t a cat-and-mouse, hide-and-seek game we’re in. If your child asks for bread, do you trick him with sawdust? If he asks for fish, do you scare him with a live snake on his plate? As bad as you are, you wouldn’t think of such a thing. You’re at least decent to your own children. So don’t you think the God who conceived you in love will be even better “(Matthew 7:9-11,The Message)?
Think of your longings – what do you really need? Now start talking to the One who can answer the desires of your heart.
Father, help us not to hold back on our requests. Help us to be extravagant in our prayers. Help us to know that You can do anything. Help us to be direct and talk to You about the true desires of our hearts. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.