Hi everyone, welcome back to Serenity in The Spirit!
Today I would like to talk about asking God for things in prayer. Often when this topic is covered in sermons or blog posts there is a focus on big, audacious prayers. We are reminded that we should not limit God as He can do anything and everything. This is true and pivotal for Christians to remember, However, in this post, I would also like to add the alternative view that we can and should also be praying for the small things too.
Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us - Ephesians 3:20 (ESV)
This well-known Bible verse encourages us to think big and then even bigger than that. God is able to heal your terminal illness, He is able to provide you with the money you need, He is able to remove the bitterness in your heart. Our God can get you into the University you don't have the grades for and the job you are slightly under-qualified for. This verse tells us that not only does He have the ability to do this, but He has given us the power to do it ourselves. For example, we can lay hands on someone who is ill and they can be healed. The power of the Holy Spirit is within us and this same power raised Jesus from the dead - what power is greater than that, a power that defeats death!
What we must understand is that God created everything in this world (John 1:3) which means that He is in control of everything. What may be impossible for us on our own is not impossible for Him or for us with the help of His Holy Spirit. This has partially inspired the name of this ministry: Serenity in The Spirit meaning we can and should seek the serenity (peace) God has given to us (a level of peace that cannot be attained without God). The Bible tells us this peace transcends all understanding (Philippians 4:7) which suggests to me that God can give us more than what we can understand and more than what makes sense to us, echoing the verse I shared earlier Ephesians 3:20.
do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God - Philippians 4:6 (ESV)
As promised, I also would like to share an alternative view of asking for God's help and I feel the verse that comes directly before SiTS' staple verse captures this perfectly. Paul, the author of the book of Philippians, tells us not to be anxious about anything. As we know, 'anything' is an all encompassing word meaning the big, the small and everything in between.
I have spoken before on the blog about praying for the smaller things like for the bus to come on time and even for my 4C afro hair to be easier to deal with but I am still sometimes guilty of not wanting to bother God with the small happenings of my life. The truth is, however, that God cares. Don't worry, you speaking to Him about the fact that you can't find your favourite red t-shirt will not stop Him from performing someone's big miracle on the other side of the world!
Another famous all encompassing verse in the Bible re-affirming that we can come to God with anything that is worrying us is 1 Peter 5:7
...Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you (ESV)
As the church, we mustn't forget both the power our God has to change any situation as well as the love He has for us to help us even in our small crisis'.
Thank you for reading everyone, I really hope you are encouraged by the fact that we can talk to God about anything and everything concerning us. He is strong enough and caring enough to handle it all! As always we'd love for you to get in touch with your thoughts on this topic or even any prayer requests via our contact page and/or social media links below. Anonymous comments/requests can be left here
Finally, just a reminder that Ted released a podcast last week encouraging us to challenge our world views, take a listen to the short (just over 15 minutes) episode here and feel free to share it with anyone who may be interested in the discussion.
Song of the post: Love So Great - Hillsong Worship