An insignificant God, that is sometimes how I find myself viewing God. Not consciously of course but in my actions, words, and beliefs. I find myself saying, “Is that really the kind of God I believe him to be?” I am reading through this book called The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson. It is a book on prayer that showed me how we view God so insignificantly. I feel prayer is a struggle for many Christians and non-Christians, but why is it so troubling and confusing? Is it a “duty” we feel we must do? Well, it says to do it in the Bible, so we have to, right?
Batterson talks about literally walking circles and praying around the things that we want or need. I believe our prayers can be so minuscule that we must be praying to an insignificant God if we think he is capable of so little. He is the God of the universe; He created everything and yet I find myself praying for the pettiest of things. Now don’t get me wrong, God wants to hear about your little day to day pains and wishes, but He is capable of so much more than what we give him credit for! Batterson has an incredible way of viewing prayer and has learned to pray for the big things in his life. He got me thinking on something he said,
“We pray out of our ignorance, but God answers out of His omniscience. We pray out of our impotence, but God answers out of His omnipotence. God has the ability to answer the prayers we should have prayed but lacked the knowledge or ability to even ask.”Mark Batterson
Well that put me in my place. We are free to pray to a God that has the capability to do the impossible. Why then are we not asking Him to do the impossible? Is it lack of faith? Lack of courage? Lack of trust? There are times in my life He has answered prayers but it is not the way I was expecting or wanted, but do we want an expectant God who grants wishes like a genie?
“The greatest tragedy in life is the prayers that go unanswered because they go unasked.”Mark Batterson
He wants us to ask him the impossible, to heal the sick, to stop the hurt in our lives, to get the job we know we don’t have a chance at. Our prayers are creating an insignificant God. The fact that our minds cannot comprehend the vastness of who He is should alone tell us that He is able to answer beyond the bounds of possibility. Give Him the credit He deserves and pray big.
“Not being able to fully understand God is frustrating but it is ridiculous for us to think we have the right to limit God to something we are capable of comprehending. What a stunted, insignificant god that would be! If my mind is the size of a soda can and God is the size of all the oceans, it would be stupid for me to say He is only the small amount of water I can scoop into my little can. God is so much bigger, so far beyond our time-encased, air/food/sleep-dependent lives.”Francis Chan
Love. Be loved. Know love.