For quite some time now I have been thinking deeply about “worried prayers ” – these prayers are those prayers I find myself praying that seem to spring into action based on a crazy, out-of-control situation. Worried prayers are like “praying a worry”. “Praying a worry” is talking to God about my problem, but believing God does not have the Power to deal with the situation. Worried prayers involve talking to God about a desperate situation as though I have no confidence in the fact that God is in control. Worried prayers evaporate from a heart gripped by fear, panic and discontent. Worried prayers come with many side dishes – just like we can order corn on the cob/mashed potato/ Mexican rice with our main dish at many fast food outlets we find “worried prayers” stirring up other crazy sides in our petitions to God . “Worried prayers” sometimes come with:
– Shouting in the prayer itself
– Shaking a fist at God
– Impatiently making wrong choices because we think God is late
– Spending every moment reminiscing over and rinsing out the problem in our minds to the point of insomnia
– So much doubt impregnated in the sentences that it sounds as though we don’t know the Omnipotent God we believe in.
Have you thought how paranoid the flight attendants would be if they made the final announcement that all tray tables should be returned to their upright positions and all seatbelts buckled up for take off and just as the aircraft is about to lift off the tarmarc – all the passengers release their seatbelts and stand up in the aircraft! The flight attendants would be paranoid for sure! But not only would they be paranoid they would be appalled to know that each passenger had the identical reason for standing during take off. When each passenger is interviewed, the flight attendants and pilots would be flabbergasted to hear each passenger say: “I was afraid the aircraft couldn’t bare my weight at take off so I had to unbuckle my seatbelt and stand up.” So it is with our prayers – sometimes we get so worried, so fearful, and so disillusioned we start releasing “worried prayers” instead of looking our fear, worry and disillusionment in the face and saying to it – I know the God in whom I believe:
– He will take care of you
– He has my best interest at heart
– He can supply all my needs
– He is the lifter up of my head
– “And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.” – Job 19:26-27 (KJV)
Instead of becoming prisoners to our fear, worry and disillusionment by uttering “worried prayers” I reboot my thought patterns and declare based on my firm faith that I have full confidence in the God of heaven and earth for I believe:
– He will take care of you
– He is my shelter in the time of storm
– He walks by my side even in my dungeon of deep despair
– He can move mountain, islands, even the whole world
– He is God all by Himself and can remove every hurt, every disappointment and every desperate situation with his all powerful hands!
There are times “worried prayers” might escape our lips but like the centurion a growing faith snuffs out “worried prayers” and replaces them with “Big Faith Prayers.” Luke 7:2-10 (KJV) presents us with a beautiful example of a Big Faith Prayer:
And a certain centurion’s servant, who was dear unto him, was sick, and ready to die.
And when he heard of Jesus, he sent unto him the elders of the Jews, beseeching him that he would come and heal his servant.
And when they came to Jesus, they besought him instantly, saying, That he was worthy for whom he should do this:
For he loveth our nation, and he hath built us a synagogue.
Then Jesus went with them. And when he was now not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to him, saying unto him, Lord, trouble not thyself: for I am not worthy that thou shouldest enter under my roof:
Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed.
For I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers, and I say unto one, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.
When Jesus heard these things, he marvelled at him, and turned him about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.
And they that were sent, returning to the house, found the servant whole that had been sick.
“Big Faith Prayers” are:
– prayers that have a worldwide vision
– prayers that have no boundaries of doubt
– prayers that acknowledge that God has the power and authority in heaven and on earth
– prayers that come from a heart that really believes that Jesus Christ is the Resurrection and the Life
– prayers that know Jesus has gone to prepare a place for us and He will come again
– prayers that cause the kingdom of darkness to tremble and flee for shelter
– prayers that have full confidence in God and the great things He will do for us.
Today – “Big Faith Prayers” challenge us to Trust in God and to place full confidence in God beyond our human understanding and our mortal understanding of the situation. Today as you read this post I encourage you to take a few minutes and pause to pray for people all around the world to dump “worried prayers” in the trash and replace them with “Big Faith Prayers”. Today in these modern times it is obvious that our faith needs to grow to a point where we have full confidence in our pilot – Jesus Christ and in the strength of “His aircraft” to take off with us and take us to His destination – Heaven!
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