I talked last week about struggles I had last month regarding the Presidential election and that the fact that I internalized it and let it really mess me up instead of just bringing it to God in prayer. If you remember, I eventually prayed, God did what He does, which is be awesome and help out His kids, and I was able to really get past some things that I was struggling with.
I want to go back and look at the two verses that got me started down this path, because funnily enough, neither directly talk about prayer. First was this verse from Jeremiah chapter 3.
Jeremiah 3:22 “Return, O faithless sons;
I will heal your faithlessness.”
“Behold, we come to you,
for you are the Lord our God.
And then that made me think of this verse from the New Testament.
Mark 9:23-24 23 And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.” 24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!”
What drew my mind and my heart to prayer here and ultimately to the question “why do we ever keep anything out of prayer” was just the subject matter in these two verses. Look at the Jeremiah verse. God is speaking here, and He tells His people that He will “heal your faithlessness.” That struck me as a bit of an odd thing right there. And then you look at the verse in Mark, and the guy’s asking Jesus to “help my unbelief!”.
What that shows me is that anything is prayable. And yeah, I just invented a new word, deal with it. You can pray about the fact that you don’t know how to pray, or maybe pray about the fact that you don’t wanna pray. If God once offered to heal faithlessness, that means it’s on the menu for possible answered prayers. He’s still a healing God, still a God that stands by His word, still unchanged after all these thousands of years. Pray about the faithlessness of a friend, but if you wanna get real bold and radical, pray about your own faithlessness.
While watching a baseball game once, someone told me to pray that the batter would hit a home run. I scolded that person, saying it was dumb to bother God with such a prayer, and that God had much better things to worry about than a baseball game. I stand by the fact that it’s probably a little silly to pray about baseball, but I don’t stand by how I reacted to that person. If that’s what they wanted to do in the moment, who am I to tell someone not to pray? Praying is like connecting on a call with God, so even if you connect with something dumb like “Lord, let this movie be really excellent, I spent my last 8 bucks on the ticket” who’s to say He won’t come back with “Pray for the person sitting alone in row D and they will be healed”? Plus, this is God, and if He can’t manage to hear your prayer about baseball, ignore it (what I imagine He’d do, lol), and continue on with being God, then really, how powerful is the guy? If anything, I think He’d probably like the fact that you’re acknowledging Him as the higher power that He is and who knows, maybe one day He might just lift a baseball with an extra gust of wind just to show you He’s hearing you. I wouldn’t hold my breath on that one, but hey, I also wouldn’t dare limit God. Maybe He’s a bigger Texas Rangers fan than I realize.
Did you know that if you question God’s existence, you can pray about it? You can go to Him in prayer and say “Hey, whoever you are up there, I don’t even think you’re real. What do you think about that?” If you’re someone who doesn’t believe in God and you took a wrong turn and somehow ended up here, I’d encourage you to pray that very prayer. If something is on your heart, or bothering you, or stuck in your mind, or stuck in your life, or stuck to your windshield, or whatever, then by all means, pray about it. We serve the biggest and most powerful entity in all of existence, a Creator so vast and towering that He makes planets with just a word. And this same God has told us time and again that if something’s bothering us, bring it to Him. He wants to hear from us, and He wants to help us. I wish I had taken Him up on it sooner than I did last month, but at the same time it’s serving as a great reminder in my life of the importance of prayer, even in the small things.
CLOSING AND PRAYER
Father God, tonight I just thank you for prayer. What a gift it is to be able to just talk to you whenever we need to. We don’t have to wait in line, or make an appointment, or do some sort of ritual. You’re the God of all things, and yet you invite us right into your presence, you open up a line of communication with us freely. Please give us the wisdom to stay in better communication with you. When we’re troubled and when we’re full of joy, let us always make time to talk to you about it. Give us the wisdom to make our first move in every situation to come to you first, and then to act second. I thank you for the love that’s evident in how you communicate with us. Prayer is such a blatant show of your love for us. You’d never ever give someone a free line of communication to you unless you loved them dearly and were willing to always be in contact with them. So thank you for your love, God, thank you that everything can remind me of that love you have for me if I look hard enough. I pray all these things in the precious name of Jesus, amen.
Well, I love you guys. I hope you’re enjoying the book of Jeremiah because it feels like we’re going to be here for a long time! As I continue to study this book of the Old Testament I continue to find more and more that speaks to me. I’m excited to share it all with you in the coming days and weeks! I hope the Christmas season is treating you well so far!