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ARE MY PRAYERS TOO SMALL?

Are My Prayers Too Small?

by Janis Cox

Prayer

Are Your Prayers too Small?

I am learning much through Henry Blackaby’s study called Experiencing God.

This week, lesson 7, involved a crisis of belief.

Henry made sure to explain that this is not a crisis (which we can have as well) but a crisis of belief when God has put something on our hearts that we don’t think we can do.

“When God speaks, it will create a crisis of belief. ”

“One word from God has the potential of an open-ended experience with God” (Henry Blackaby).” Tweet this.

And so what are we to do? When we reach the stage of hearing from God and know what He is saying, what happens? We either do it or we don’t – simple.

“The smallest encounter with God has incredible dimensions to it” (Henry Blackaby).

Oh Oh… You mean it is God-sized? I can’t do it myself?

Yes that is exactly what happens. I see it this way:

      • you have a dream, an idea from God
      • you pray about it
      • God gives you the answer – yes do it
      • and you say, “What? Me, God?”

This is called a crisis of belief.

Now here was the best part.

Pray again. And again.

“Most Christians are just one prayer away from God doing a mighty work” (Henry Blackaby). Tweet this.

Our thinking is too small. The task seems impossible.

We do have to remember that all things are
possible with God.
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Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God” (Luke 18:27, NIV)

I found 3 other references to this, Matthew 19:26; Mark10:27; Hebrews 11:6.

God will always excite with what’s impossible (without Him). The key is to obey. When we don’t believe and obey then the activity of God is shut down.

What has God laid on your heart? Does it seem impossible? Then you are in a crisis of belief. Pray and pray again.

Prayer:

I know I am in a crisis of belief. But I also know that You are God – an amazing, awesome God, who can do the impossible. So I am ready for You – I believe and will obey. In Jesus’ name. AMEN

I would love you to share your dreams/crises of belief – either in the comment section or directly to Under the Cover of Prayer.

Here is a great praise song by Hillsong – All Things are Possible

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Janis Cox

Janis Cox - Author and Illustrator

Janis, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. She has published two devotionals and a number of articles for magazines and a Bible study. She is owner of Under the Cover of Prayer and moderates the site. Jan has completed a children’s book called Tadeo Turtle. She is the watercolour illustrator. Word Alive has published Tadeo Turtle. See more information at Jan’s Website.

WEDNESDAY’S WORD – Aware

Wednesday’s Word – Aware

As I try to be more intentional of what God is showing me I know I have to be more aware of people; their body language, and their underlying words. I am trying to not be so agenda driven and trying to be more in tune with the Holy Spirit.

This is not easy. When I have “things to do”, “places to go” and “people to see” I want to do them.

I struggle with letting go.

But each day gets a little easier as I try to focus on what needs to be done in the time I have and let all the rest fade into Neverland. It is hard for a task-oriented person to say, “oh well I don’t have to do that”. But it is possible! With God’s help.

“If you are God-centered, you will adjust your life to what God wants to do” (Experiencing God, Henry Blackaby). Tweet this.

This is what I am learning from my Bible study. Blackaby states quite clearly that:

God can interrupt what I am doing anytime He wants. Tweet this.

But I have to be aware of it so I can change my focus and obey Him.

It is working with my husband, (I think). I am trying very hard not to be totally into my work all the time so that I can actually have time to listen to him. Well God wants me to do the same thing.

This week is a case in point. I was asked to do a storytelling for the Sunday school this past Sunday. Well – you know I had a zillion things to do already. When would I have time to concentrate and learn a story? But …. I said YES because I knew God gave me this opportunity to try this. And you know what? –

God gave me the time (He has control of time, you know);
He gave me the confidence; and He gave me the energy and passion.

I had a wonderful time.

So – are you focussed on your “stuff” or are you becoming aware of what God is doing  – and following Him?

Today is Wednesday’s Word LINKUP.

If you have something you have learned from God, please share in the link below. If you are here for the first time please check out the Rules for Linking. Remember to leave a comment to at least the person ahead of you. We ALL need encouragement as we write for Him.

Comments are always welcome. Please see the list on my sidebar where I link with others to spread God’s Word.

Blessings,

Janis