Do your prayers scare you?

Lately, I’ve been sensing an injection of faith when it comes to the vision God has for me.  Maybe it’s the books I’m reading now or perhaps its just the excitement of knowing God can do ANYTHING we consider impossible.  Why would you want to serve a God who couldn’t?  Honestly, my prayers have begun to scare me a bit.

I believe that far to often we never achieve significant things because we never pray impossible prayers.  I wonder if God gets disappointed when we shoot too low.   I wonder if he thinks, “Why didn’t you ask me for more?  I would have given it to you.”

As I near my 35th birthday I’ve been thinking about how close I am to 40.  That scares me as well.  I’ve been thinking about what I want to see God do through my life in the next 5 years.  And I’ve begun to pray some pretty scary prayers.  I’ve begun asking God regularly for what I consider impossible based on what I’ve experienced. At times I wonder if I’m asking too much.  I wonder if I should just shut up and be thankful for what God has already done.  Sometimes fear and doubt begin to shout, “That will never happen.  Don’t embarrass yourself.  You might fail!”

But then today I was reading a verse that God used to inspire me to begin this church.  It’s the one verse that made me realize how unsatisfying church work can be if we aren’t seeing any lives changed.  It prompted me to step out in faith.  It’s Jesus saying this…

You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last. (John 15:16)

I can quote it.  I have lived it.  I am seeing fruit today.  Fruit in my own life and ultimately fruit from what God has called me to do.

As I sat alone with God reading this verse,  this time (and maybe for the first time) I realized that there was MORE to that verse.  The rest goes like this…

Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. (John 15:16)

Hit the brakes!!  What’s this?  Then…God will give me WHATEVER I ask in Jesus’ name!!

Guess what?  I got another infusion of faith to keep praying these ridiculous prayers.   Because I serve a God who can do WHATEVER I ask!!

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