I have been praying big prayers, with a heart full of doubt. I have been asking Him for the impossible, and having merely a faint hope that He will answer. I have repeated daily, “Lord, if it’s your will, I pray…” somewhat out of habit with a side dish of duty, but with very little faith. These are specific prayers that He has led me to pray. When I first started praying them, there was fresh hope with my eyes on Him. My eyes shifted to the left and the right and as the days turned into weeks that fresh hope started to fade.
As I became laser focused on the circumstances, I found myself drowning in a sea of doubt. I even prayed aloud to God in my car confessing my disbelief and frustration. This is hard! I think what makes it so hard and frustrating is that I can’t just fix it. There is nothing I can do … but pray. And wait. And pray. And wait. Shortly after praying to God about my frustration, I came across this verse:
The Lord answered Moses, “Is the Lord’s arm too short? Now you will see whether or not what I say will come true for you.” Numbers 11:23
Pause. Breathe. Read again. Eyes wide.
I had a moment.
Oh me, of little faith. God forgive me. God help me.
Is anything too hard for the LORD? Genesis 18:14
Is the Lord’s arm too short? Or am I just living as if it is? He is the God of the impossible. He is the God of miracles. His ways are not my ways. I have witnessed His power, and I have experienced His promises! Why am I here in this place of doubt and uncertainty? God, strengthen me!
For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. 2 Chronicles 16:9
His eyes can see much farther than mine. He already knows. I have to keep my eyes on Him. I wear contacts, and without them the world is fuzzy. I need His perspective just like I need contacts to see clearly. My eyes alone are simply not enough. When I have His perspective, I am reminded that no matter what it looks like, He has a plan and His plans are good.
Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. Isaiah 59:1
His arm is not too short. When I find myself wavering I have to keep my eyes on Him and remind myself just how BIG He is!
In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly. Psalm 5:3
The word expectantly changes everything. It’s one thing to wait, but to wait expectantly is to eagerly anticipate a response. I know what it is like to wait with my head down and my feet kicking the dirt. I want to wait expectantly! I want to lift my head to Him and stand tall knowing that God is with me every step of the way.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank for you hearing my prayers. Help me to focus on you and your mighty arm instead of the circumstances. Forgive me for doubting, getting frustrated, and feeling overwhelmed. The next time I think, “It’s impossible! There’s no way! Oh no, Lord – not me! I can’t!” Help me to remember – “My Lord’s arm never ends.” Your arm is not too short. You will accomplish your work. I just need to be willing, obedient and faithful. Give me faith. Help me to pray big, bold prayers with big, bold faith. Lord, I know the struggle is no match for you. Help me to fully trust you with the process, the timing, and the outcome. As I wait Lord, help me to wait expectantly! Thank you Jesus!
We live in the bold confidence that God hears our voices when we ask for things that fit His plan. And if we have no doubt that He hears our voices, we can be assured that He moves in response to our call. 1 John 5:14-15 VOICE
Praise: As I looked for a picture to use with this post, I came across several reminders of big answered prayers! One was a huge prayer request that I wrote down at a conference on May 3. It was answered on February 10. Praise God! He is faithful, and His timing is perfect! His arm is never too short!
What about you? Are you praying big, bold prayers? Are you in a season of waiting? What verses encourage you?
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