By: Pastor Jarren Rogers
“God isn’t offended by your biggest dream or boldest prayer; He is offended by anything less.” – Mark Batterson
If you involve God in your hopes and dreams you need to hope and dream BIGGER! Praying small prayers sometimes restricts God from showing off how big he can be and the awesome acts he can perform.
“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need,” (Hebrews 4:16).
The size of your prayers reflects how much faith you put in God to perform. Praying small prayers doesn’t cost us a whole lot of faith. But it’s when we pray big prayers that we have the opportunity to put our faith to the test and allow God to prove just how faithful he is.
Read Matthew 8:5-13.
In this passage a centurion comes to Jesus and asks him to heal his servant.
Jesus asks, “Shall I come and heal him?”
The centurion provides a response that I think is easy to pass over but the implication of his statement tells a lot about the centurion.
He says to Jesus, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed.”
He didn’t even need Jesus to come to his house or even lay hands on his servant for him to be healed. The centurion believed that Jesus need just say the word and he would be healed.
His response shows that he had BIG faith in Jesus so he asked Jesus to perform a BIG act.
I think Jesus’ response to the centurion shows how much God values BIG prayers.
Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith (Matthew 8:10).
Would He say the same about you?
Parents: Tell your children the story of Jesus and the centurion in Matthew 8. Explain to them what it means to have big faith.