When God speaks things come into existence. Before you “click” past that statement to your Facebook page take a moment and consider what this actually means. God is absolute power and nothing can stand in His way of creating or doing. Taken with the idea (revealed fact) that God loves us, this places us in a pretty strong position. In fact, it leaves us with an infinite number of possibilities for life.
What did you ask God to do for you this morning? Was it a generic blessing or some specific yet small token of action on His part? What keeps you from asking for something big? I told my wife the other day I was going to begin praying God would pay off our house. She looked at me kind of funny (not a first) and smiled. Why would I ask God to pay off my house? Well, I would like to pay off the rest of my bills, support several missionaries and put my children in a nice school around the corner from my church. Oh, and more importantly, tell everyone God did it!
GOD’S GOT THIS…
Why not ask God to pay off my house? What reasons could I have not to do so? Is it too much to ask? Selfish? Beyond His ability or control? I suspect one of the great tragedies when we reach heaven (if something there could be termed as such) will be the knowledge of how much God was ready to do on our behalf had we only the faith to ask. Jesus seems to make clear in the Gospels that the God is ready and willing to give and work on our behalf if the “giving” and “doing” involve His glory.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO GIVE GOD GLORY ANYWAY???
In Luke 2 angels shouted “Glory to God” at the birth announcement of Jesus; a pronouncement indicating a unique kind of “God moment” was in process. So, giving God “glory” involves a recognition or confession that He is the one acting and doing. I assure you if/when my house is paid off I will give glory to God! There is certainly no way such an event can happen outside of a “God moment.”
I don’t believe God is a cosmic Santa but I do believe He is looking for opportunities to receive glory from our life; to make Himself known to the world through us. Certainly one such way is through answering big prayers lifted with the intention of giving Him glory.
SO BACK TO MY MAIN POINT…
What are you asking God for today? How much glory does God get out of a small prayer request versus a big one? Are we not setting God up to gain more glory for Himself the larger our prayers?
I’ll let you know if/when the mortgage is paid 🙂
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