One morning when I was praying, I heard the Lord speak (maybe not in an audible voice, but I heard him). He said, “That’s it? That’s all you’re asking? I’m the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords and that’s all you’re going to ask?” He didn’t sound sarcastic or angry, maybe just a little surprised. I was confused and convicted.
It reminded me of the day that I went trembling to my dad to make a request. I was old enough to be on my own, but young enough to make stupid mistakes (not sure if I’ve ever outgrown that). I was in between jobs and ashamed of it. My credit card bill was due and I was terrified that someone was coming after me. So, as a last resort, I decided to ask my dad for money.
I hated that I was that kid. As I sat down in the living room of my parents’ house, I could barely make eye contact with him. I swallowed hard to keep from crying and said, “Dad, I need to borrow some money.” He could tell from my trembling voice how hard it was to ask. He moved closer and sat down next to me. He gently said, “Susan, how much money do you need? $1000? $10,000? $100,000?”
The growing lump in my throat disappeared.
“Dad, I need $127.” Tears took over
The blinding request that had pulverized my soul for weeks was nothing but pocket-change to my father.
But, we pray like that, don’t we? We can’t see beyond $127. Don’t get me wrong, $127 is a lot of money. But, I wonder how often my small requests get in the way of my Father’s desire to provide for all of my needs according to his riches in glory (Phil 4:19).
That morning when the Lord spoke, I realized that there was something very small about my prayers. I was asking for pennies from a God who is the owner of the cattle on a thousand hills. The urgent things of this world that frighten me are small and always submit to the Mighty, Sovereign Lord.
I’ve started wondering what it would look like if I assumed that the Lord was ready and willing to do far more abundantly than I could ask or imagine (Eph. 3:20). I’m not starting a name it and claim it prayer group, but, the truth is: our Father can move mountains. He desires to bring his kingdom upon this earth. Maybe I could pray kingdom prayers that sound less like pocket-change prayers and more like kingdom prayers.
A kingdom prayer can see beyond $127 and might look like this:
“Dear Father: ‘Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.’” – Psalm 90:14
Wow! During our week of prayer (Aug. 26-Spet. 3), let’s pray kingdom prayers. Let’s open our eyes to the ways that the Lord wants to satisfy us.
Posted: 8.13.2017 in Women’s Ministry Share: