If your prayers aren’t impossible to you, they are insulting to God. – ‘The Circle Maker’
Consider a few scenarios:
Someone in a wheelchair approaches and asks if you could open a door for them. No problem, right? Most of us would be happy to. What if a healthy adult man stopped short of the door and asked for the same help?
What if a child asked for help tying their shoes? No problem, right? What if they keep asking when they are 16 years old?
How about when a beggar asks for money? While this may not be as black and white of an issue, lets contrast that to someone who clearly doesn’t need money. If the man on the street corner wore a suit, held a briefcase, cell phone attached to one hip and designer sunglasses snugly donned across the bridge of his nose. Would you give your money to the second man?
We don’t mind helping people who can’t help themselves. In fact, for many of us, we enjoy helping them. But all that changes when people ask for things they can do for themselves. Consider your prayers to God. The almighty God. The maker of the world. The creator of mankind. The superior being who allowed His Son to die on the cross. God. You have His attention. You have approached His throne and He allows you to ask for your heart’s desire. What would you ask?
Perhaps lets look at it from another direction. What miracles did Jesus perform? Were any of them trivial? Did Jesus change deserved test scores? Did He snap His fingers and change His clothes? Did money grow from trees? Jesus didn’t conjure up mediocrity. He didn’t see fit to perform underwhelming miracles. No flying and no light shows. Jesus fed, healed, restored, resurrected, and created faith with hope. He did the impossible. At least for us.
We don’t have that power. But God does. My favorite conversation between God and man in our Bible can be found in Genesis 18: 16 – 33. God informs Abraham that He is going to destroy the evil and corrupt towns of Sodom and Gomorrah. Abraham asks God, essentially, if He thought this through: “Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked? What if there are fifty righteous people in the city?” God agrees to spare the entire city if only 50 good people are found. But Abraham doesn’t stop. He wants to know how specific God is being. ‘what if only 45 righteous are found…. would you kill all those people for just being 5 short?’ 6 times, Abraham asks God to reduce the number down to 10.
And God agrees that if only 10 righteous people are found, that He will spare the entire city. Abraham approached God, spoke boldly, and changed the thoughts of our maker. This is how we should pray. We are to pray with faith. Faith isn’t found in the easy or the common. Faith is born in the impossible. Faith is knowing God can make things happen that His creation isn’t capable of doing. When you combine creation’s faith with the creator’s love… impossible happens.
There are many reasons why prayers go unanswered. Asking God for something that He already blessed you with the ability to obtain is one of them. Look at our examples in the Bible. Consider Abraham. Remember Jesus, His son, with whom He was pleased! Pray big! Pray bold! The fight isn’t over yet. The war for souls wages on. God is listening. What would you ask of Him?