What If?

I have a very good friend named Dan Reiland.  He is the Executive Pastor of the church I go to, 12 Stone.  I started going there back in 1996.  At that time, there were about 350 people who regularly attended.  Now, there are close to 20,000 with four campuses.  Dan’s leadership and vision has had a lot to do with that growth.

Recently, I heard one of his sermons entitled, “One Prayer Away.”  It was one of the best sermons I’ve heard in a long time.  As a matter of fact, it was so good that I’d suggest you listen to it.  He will be teaching it again on July 29th at the main 12 Stone Campus on Hwy. 20, Lawrenceville, GA

Anyway, a couple of the things he said really opened my eyes and I want to share them with you.

First of all, he made this statement,

“What you believe shapes how you pray and what you pray shapes you.” 

I’ve written before about sometimes praying for specific people who I don’t know.  Maybe it’s a child in a passing car, or a person sitting alone in a restaurant.  Maybe it’s someone behind the counter who’s taking my money.  My prayer is usually something like this, “Lord, reveal yourself to that person.  I pray that you will bless that person’s life and bring that person to heaven when he or she dies.”

What if God heard this and this little prayer made all the difference in that person’s life?

Dan used the illustration of praying for the upcoming election.  He obviously didn’t endorse either candidate, but said that we could pray that God puts the person in the White House that He thinks is the best choice for His purposes.  What if God heard this and granted our prayer—Your Prayer!!!  What if you are the one who makes the difference?

He also quoted a gentleman named Mark Batterson who wrote a book called “The Circle Maker.”  Mark said,

“You are one prayer away from a different life.”

What if God is watching your faithfulness?  What if God is waiting for one more prayer from you that will bless your marriage, or bring you healthy grandchildren, or help you control your anger or addiction?  What if one more prayer made all the difference?

Dan then asked this question,

“Would you pray differently if you really believed God could do what you are praying for?”

Wow, what a question!  How big are your prayers.  If God can create the Universe, can He do anything?  The answer obviously is “Yes.”  But why don’t we ask?  I believe it is because of our unbelief.  There is no limit to God’s power, only our faith.  PRAY BIG!

Dan said that when we pray vague prayers, we don’t know if they are answered or not.  Get specific about what you want!

So let me ask you these two questions — What can God do that seems impossible to you right now?  What miracle should you be praying for?

As it says in Mark 9:24, “Father, help me overcome my unbelief.”

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