Devotional

“Come and talk with Me, O my people.” — Psalm 27:8 (TLB)

What? Are you sure? You know you are asking the impossible, don’t you?

Any one time in your life, you will be asked to do the impossible. So what do you do when you are faced with an impossible situation. When the word ”impossible” creeps into the conversation, most people relate to the situation as being contrary to reason and unattainable. We don’t need to spend much time on words like unworkable, impractical, unachievable when it comes to an assignment or project.  We relegate it to the back burner and move on. But what if we can’t simply move on? Then what?

Next time you are faced with a seemingly impossible situation, reflect a few moments on what makes it impossible. What typically makes it impossible is you. You have probably over-analyzed, critiqued, or belittled your ability to do the impossible all the while crowding out the unimaginable power of God. Because we don’t see any purpose in trying to do the impossible we never give God the opportunity to show His ability to do the impossible. Like Daniel, a good start when faced with the impossible is prayer.   

Prayer is our direct line with heaven. God wants us to communicate with Him, like a person-to-person phone call. God wants us to pray because prayer expresses our trust in God and is a means to increase our trust in Him. And God wants us to pray boldly. Praying for the vague or undefined is a kind of window shopping without knowing what we actually want to buy. It is easy to pray in generalities, using a shotgun approach to present God with several requests. When we pray vaguely we don’t give God the chance to really answer our prayers in a powerful way.  I heard somebody say that, “bold prayers honor God, God honors bold prayers.”

Would asking God for the impossible be a bold prayer? My answer would be yes. But I also have learned that we tend to dream small because we don’t want to ask God for too much. But the crazy thing is, God is not offended by our bold prayers. God is honored when we ask for something that is beyond our ability to accomplish. Why? Because there is no way we can take credit for it.

I challenge you to pray when faced with the impossible. Don’t be afraid to pray big and bold prayers, they honor God. And then when God answers, give Him all the glory. 

Discussion Questions:

  1. What makes a prayer bold? Have you ever prayed a bold prayer? What was it?
  2. What can we do this week to be more bold in our prayer life?