Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. ESV Mark 11:23
I pray a fair amount. I pray for a lot of people daily and generally enjoy lifting them up before their Creator, asking His blessing on their lives. I pray for my wife and kids. Last night however, my wife asked me a penetrating question. She asked what I prayed for us. I thought about it a lot today. I pray for her multiple times a day, and I pray general prayers for our marriage. But are “general prayers” all I want to lay before the God of the universe?
Through a variety of circumstances, God has been calling me to greater faith (or rather, a deeper understanding of Him. It’s not really my faith that’s increasing, but God is showing Himself bigger to me which in turn increases my faith.) Today in my prayer time, He brought the verse above to mind. Faith enables us to call mountains to be cast into the sea. If our faith can do that, why pray generic “God bless my marriage” prayers? Why not pray that my marriage would be phenomenal, a radical picture of Christ and the church? Why not pray that others would be won to faith because of the depth and love they see in my marriage? Why not pray that our love and joy for each other would radiate out in every way? Why not pray that our conversations, dates, sexual relationship, long walks together, parenting and joint ministry be beyond amazing and fulfilling? If faith can move mountains, perhaps I should start calling on them to move! So I did. I began to voice what might seem like some crazy prayers to God. I asked Him to do some things I’ve never had the courage to ask for. I began to pray “huge” things for my kids. For my church. For the people in my church. For everything I could think of.
What about you? Remember it’s not the amount of your faith, but the object of your faith. If you believe Christ died to save you, then believe He lives to accomplish great things through you. Ask Him to do them, and pray big!