James 5:1 (KJV) Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.

Friday, October 3, 2014

The Prelude To Big Prayers

by Dr. Richard Sandlin
"I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it." 
Some of us, I believe, need to get out of the wading pool and go to the deep-end where there are waters to swim in. We have splashed in the baby pool long enough. It's paradoxical, but the deeper you go with God, the higher you will go! One area in which we should launch out into the deep is in respect to our prayer life.

Don’t you think one of the reasons little prayers are offered up is because of the fact we have created in our hearts an image of a "little god?" What an insult it must be to our Great God, when we only ask for small things. We treat Him as a pauper rather than a King. Charles Blanchard, in his book on prayer, mentions God never found fault with anyone ever asking too much of Him.

“We are coming to a King,
Great petitions let us bring;
For His love and power are such
That we can never ask too much!”

Just as parent birds fill the mouths of their young as long as they keep them open, so our God promises to fill ours. He is the God who, Giveth to the young ravens which cry.” And, “Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things.” He who feeds the fowls has given His Word that He will do for us, His children, “exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.

God began with His chosen people by doing great wonders for them. And thereafter, as in our text, reminds them of it when challenging them to ask and expect great things from Him. Daniel is one example of the many who  took God up on His challenge. And now, O Lord our God, that hast brought thy people forth out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand...therefore, O our God, hear the prayer of thy servant, and his supplications.” AND HE DID!

O, my beloved, God is as powerful and able during the dark times in our lives to overthrow the horse and his rider, in the mighty waters, as He was then!

“Prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.”