The ridiculous promise restated

Date: Friday, May 30

ScriptureGenesis 18:1-15

Verse: Then one of the men said, “I will definitely return to you about this time next year. Then your wife Sarah will have a son!” Sarah was listening at the tent door behind him… So Sarah laughed to herself, thinking, I’m no longer able to have children and my husband’s old. (Genesis 18:10, 12)

old-woman-laughingIs there a secret prayer you are afraid to pray? Is there a dream you feel is from God, but seems so ridiculously impossible that you won’t ask for it because it is unlikely to happen? Sometimes God’s vision is far beyond our ability to comprehend. But then again, if we can change it, fix it, or make it happen without God’s help, is it really something to be praying for? Mark Batterson puts it this way in The Circle Maker: “If you’ve never had a God-sized dream that scared you half to death, then you haven’t really come to life. If you’ve never been overwhelmed by the impossibility of your plans, then your God is too small. If your vision isn’t perplexingly impossible, then you need to expand the radius of your prayer circles” (Batterson 78). Sometimes God’s plans are perplexingly impossible in our own strength, but exactly what he wants to do in and through us.

Earlier this week (see Tuesday’s devo) we read about Abram’s bold prayer for what he wanted most, a son. It was ridiculous thought when he was 75 (see Genesis 12:4). It is even more ridiculous now that they are in their late 80s and 90s. Yet after being “hosts to angels without knowing it” (Hebrews 13:2 CEB), Abraham is reminded of God’s promise made some 23 years prior. Sarah overhears one of the men tell Abraham that they will have a son by the same time next year. The thought seems so crazy, Sarah laughs. Wouldn’t you? Abraham then hears the Lord say, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Me give birth? At my age?’ Is anything too difficult for the Lord?”

That is the core question in our prayer life. Is there anything too difficult for God? Is there something he cannot do through you, or in spite of you? When you can answer that question with a resounding NO!, you can then begin to pray through your God-sized dreams, those scary thoughts, the overwhelming possibilities, and the perplexingly impossible. What is it for you? To what is God calling you that you think he cannot do? Even while we laugh at the impossibility of our prayers, God is poised to come through.

Prayer: Teach me, O God, to trust your promises. Amen.

Action: Pray the prayer you’ve been holding back.

Respond: Would you be willing to share your God-sized prayer?

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Batterson, Mark. The Circle Maker: Praying Circles around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2011. Print.

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About Joe Iovino

Christian, husband & father, Associate Pastor in Monument CO, guitar player, motorcyclist, Mets fan.
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