Several weeks ago as I enjoyed my morning time in devotion with God, I received a clear thought in my mind, “Your prayers are too small. Pray big.”
I became very convicted that I indeed pray too small.
While “pray big,” may not be Scriptural language, it certainly fits the teaching of Scripture. God tells us to pray big.
He wants us to pray fervently, positively, and believing prayers. He has assured us in Scripture that “You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father” (John 14:13).
I became convinced that I am praying small when God wants me to pray big. Why am I praying small?
Praying small means that I am not trusting God. It means that I am believing everything depends on me when, in reality, everything depends on God.
Maybe you are doing the same. Maybe our worry and anxiety is because we are praying small.
Our praying small means that we really don’t believe the words of Jesus that “whatever you ask in my name” or John the apostle that “whatever we ask in the name of Jesus” will be given to us.
We truly need to pray big.
This is what the apostles did after the resurrection. They prayed believing that God would bless their ministry. While they faced increasing opposition and persecution, they prayed that God would guide their steps and make their word heard by the Jewish people.
Don’t we need to pray the same way? Don’t we need to pray with renewed vigor for our lost family members, co-workers, and neighbors?
Don’t we need to pray big prayers about a culture that has turned away from God? Don’t we need to pray big prayers for the health and strength of our churches? Don’t we need to pray big for our need of repentance and turning from our rebellious ways?
Remember, “the prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective” (James 5:16).