How BIG is Your Prayer?

JEREMIAH 33:2-3. “This is what the Lord says, He who made the earth, the Lord who formed it and established it – the Lord is His name. Call to Me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things which you do not know.”

[This devotional was shared with us by a friend of WRIM, and taken from today’s devotions of Ron Hutchcraft Ministries http://www.hutchcraft.com/]

The One who made this promise is the one who owns it all, made it all, controls it all. God is saying, “Pray BIG.” When we forget the size of God we’re praying to, we under-pray, and we under-live.

Right now there are some God-sized things you need to be trusting Him for; things so big only God can do them. You’re in the “God Alone Zone” – God alone can do this one! Prayer is God’s access code to the unlimited resources of heaven – all the grace you need for what’s going on, all the comfort you need, all the physical and emotional strength, and all the wisdom to know how to figure it out.

So pray like it!

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Anyone want to vulnerably share about a big prayer request we can all join you in taking to the Lord…or tell us about a big answer you’ve seen recently from our unspeakably huge God?

Kloster “Sunrise Devotion” — Our Perfect High Priest

The following devotion by Deneen Kloster is reprinted with her permission. Deneen’s husband, John, received a very serious cancer diagnosis in October. To follow Deneen’s “Sunrise Devotions,” go tohttp://www.caringbridge.org/visit/johnkloster. Pray for miracles and God’s glory revealed!
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HEBREWS 5:7-9 “During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the One who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him and was designated by God to be High Priest in the order of Melchizedek.”

What a model we have in Christ, fully human, fully God, submitting to God’s will in all circumstances. He has the full ability to take His cup of suffering (Matt 26:42) and dash it to pieces. Instead, in loving submission, with complete trust and obedience He participates in His Father’s perfect plan.

That doesn’t mean the fully man Jesus doesn’t cry out and shed tears for His own life and that of the people. He is our fully empathetic and feeling Savior who hates sin and death more than we do. He created us and calls us by name. He adopted us as His children of faith. He will not stop interceeding and crying out on our behalf (Heb 7:25).

Lacking faith and fearing the worst is meant to be, I hesitate to fully cry out for myself and my husband. I fear disappointment in the outcome and of appearing to be a disobedient or greedy child, not submitting to the Father’s will. I am wrong. I need to follow Jesus’ example and fully go to the loving Father with all my loud cries and tears.

In what area of your life are you fearing the worst, so you hesitate to go fully to God for your need…finances, health, broken relationships…will you join me today by following Christ’s example as our Perfect High Priest and “approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (Heb 4:16)?

Kloster “Sunrise Devotion” — Our Perfect High Priest

The following devotion by Deneen Kloster is reprinted with her permission. Deneen’s husband, John, received a very serious cancer diagnosis in October. To follow Deneen’s “Sunrise Devotions,” go tohttp://www.caringbridge.org/visit/johnkloster. Pray for miracles and God’s glory revealed!
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HEBREWS 5:7-9 “During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the One who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him and was designated by God to be High Priest in the order of Melchizedek.”

What a model we have in Christ, fully human, fully God, submitting to God’s will in all circumstances. He has the full ability to take His cup of suffering (Matt 26:42) and dash it to pieces. Instead, in loving submission, with complete trust and obedience He participates in His Father’s perfect plan.

That doesn’t mean the fully man Jesus doesn’t cry out and shed tears for His own life and that of the people. He is our fully empathetic and feeling Savior who hates sin and death more than we do. He created us and calls us by name. He adopted us as His children of faith. He will not stop interceeding and crying out on our behalf (Heb 7:25).

Lacking faith and fearing the worst is meant to be, I hesitate to fully cry out for myself and my husband. I fear disappointment in the outcome and of appearing to be a disobedient or greedy child, not submitting to the Father’s will. I am wrong. I need to follow Jesus’ example and fully go to the loving Father with all my loud cries and tears.

In what area of your life are you fearing the worst, so you hesitate to go fully to God for your need…finances, health, broken relationships…will you join me today by following Christ’s example as our Perfect High Priest and “approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (Heb 4:16)?

Are We Living the “Good” Life?

ROMANS 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

Has this verse ever challenged you as it has me? I can see logic there — if we are living within the will of God who is perfect, pure, and holy, then things will work out for our good. But what does “good” really mean if life clearly doesn’t always bring health, prosperity, happiness, comfort, or pleasure?

One thing I know for sure — it’s not possible for God to be cruel. So the key lies in having an eternal Kingdom perspective of things. God’s idea of “good” is different than mine BUT BETTER. God’s ultimate purpose is to refine us in relationship to Himself. Our ultimate good involves being conformed to the image of Jesus Christ. My life, like yours, isn’t always smooth sailing but I am seeing profound examples proving that God brings beauty out of ashes because my heart is inclined toward Him.

Are We Living the “Good” Life?

ROMANS 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

Has this verse ever challenged you as it has me? I can see logic there — if we are living within the will of God who is perfect, pure, and holy, then things will work out for our good. But what does “good” really mean if life clearly doesn’t always bring health, prosperity, happiness, comfort, or pleasure?

One thing I know for sure — it’s not possible for God to be cruel. So the key lies in having an eternal Kingdom perspective of things. God’s idea of “good” is different than mine BUT BETTER. God’s ultimate purpose is to refine us in relationship to Himself. Our ultimate good involves being conformed to the image of Jesus Christ. My life, like yours, isn’t always smooth sailing but I am seeing profound examples proving that God brings beauty out of ashes because my heart is inclined toward Him.