Are My Prayers Too Small?
by Janis Cox
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. Tweet this.
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.
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
- 5 Different Ways of Viewing Prayer (underthecoverofprayer.wordpress.com)
- How Can Answered Prayer Help Us? (underthecoverofprayer.wordpress.com)
- Can Visualization Help You Pray? (underthecoverofprayer.wordpress.com)
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.
HELP and THANK YOU!!! My two shortest and most frequent prayers…
I used that a lot – HELP – Having Everything Lifted in Prayer.
I am learning so much from Blackaby’s course. May the Lord continue to lift your spirits as you bend your will to His.
One of the most frequent and BEST prayers I pray is Help, Jesus!
I felt lifted in mind and spirit as I read your blog. A young friend had just emailed me and ask me to pray for him. I go to do that now, being in a crisis of faith.