We make choices—although not always the best choices—when we decide what to talk about and with whom to discuss what’s on our mind. With whom do you discuss your financial concerns? What about emotional trauma? Who are the people you trust to hear you? Family or relationship issues, conflicts at work, dreams for the future, problems with your kids, health issues, political views—all subjects are chosen and filtered, depending on who it is we’re in conversation with.
What do you talk to God about?
I’ve been thinking about this lately because last week I came across a quote from Charles Spurgeon that I can’t forget.
And then this morning, I read Luke 12:6-7, words of Jesus telling us that God doesn’t forget about one little sparrow and His children are so much more loved and cared for than sparrows that He even keeps track of each hair on my head. He must care about the smallest detail of my life—things even I don’t pay attention to.
Yes, I pray about “little” things. I’ve asked Him to remind me where I put something I’ve temporarily “lost,” or I’ve asked for the energy to get through a meeting, or I’ve thanked Him for a beautiful morning sky. Small things in my day. I believe Psalm 37:23 that says He delights in the details of our lives.
The Charles Spurgeon quote, though, prompted me to ponder my belief in God’s power to do the big things.
Of course I believe God is omnipotent. He can do the impossible. Of course I believe that.
I say that… But do my conversations with God show that I believe it?
Spurgeon wrote about God’s greatness. Look at the wonders of the earth, the heavens, the universe. “You may expect great things from Him who made the heavens and the earth… He who made all these things is great in power; therefore, ask something great of Him, when you come before Him in prayer.”
Ask something great of Him.
When I do ask Him for something great, do I have secret reservations? (Ah, but nothing’s secret from God.) Do I doubt He’ll do something spectacular? Do I think He’s limited by earthly boundaries, limits, and realities?
I’ve had to ask myself these questions.
At her brother’s graveside, Martha heard Jesus say to her, “If you believe, you’ll see the glory of God.”
If we believe, what great things will we ask of Him? And what glorious things might we then see?