Bigger & Not So Safe

I’m thinking a lot about prayer these days.  I want to experience more in my relationship with God through prayer.  I wonder how often we just go through the motions individually and even as churches when we pray.  I know we’re to talk to our Heavenly Father about everything (Phil 4:6-7), but I think we should be stretching more as we pray.   I often tell our leadership team that God’s vision is so much bigger than ours.  Yet, it seems that our prayers are usually not as big as His vision.  One of my favorite books of the past year  is In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day by Mark Batterson.  A key thought in the book that really grabbed my attention is the idea that maybe it’s time we quit praying safe prayers.  If you’re not sure what this means, read the book – it’s awesome.  In addition to changing some of my ideas about prayer, I’m being challenged to ask God for much bigger things than I’ve ever asked for before.  Our Heavenly Father is the creator and sustainer of the entire Universe, and yet there are times I don’t approach Him asking for things that only He can provide.  I still have much to learn, but I think my journey at this time includes believing and asking for much bigger things.  I’m learning to pray bigger prayers that are not so safe.  What are the BIG things you’re bringing before God?

About bjrutledge

BJ & Janet were married in July 1977 They have three grown children who are all married: Jeremy & Whitney Rutledge, Chris & Julie Hurst, and Josh and Hannah Rutledge. They also have four grandsons, and a granddaughter. BJ says perhaps our greatest legacy is even though our kids are PK's, they love Jesus and are all involved in ministry in the local church. BJ has served at churches in Dallas - Bossier City, LA - Houston - and was at Fellowship of the Woodlands (Woodlands Church) in The Woodlands before coming to Grace Fellowship. BJ is the Lead Pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise, TX.
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