For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Big God or Little God?
I understand that Jeremiah 29:11 was written to Israel, but I believe it has application for the believer. Doesn’t God have plans for us, too? Don’t you think that God has something big for every one of us? Yes, God is in the small things and doesn’t despise even the little things (Zech. 4:10). If He is in the small things, surely He’s in the big things, too, whatever they might be. Let me ask you: What is big to God? I sometimes limit God’s bigness by praying too small. Is that you sometimes? If we pray with belief, then nothing is too big for God (Mark 11:24), given the fact that what we pray for is within the will of God and not solely our own will.
Confidence in Prayer
Jesus promises us if we ask, seek, and knock, God will answer and whatever we pray for will be opened up for us (Matt. 7:7-8), again, of course, if it is within His express will. That’s why I think that we must always pray for things that are God’s will, for nothing outside the will of God is best for us anyway. There is nothing that we can ask for that is within God’s will that He will not give us (John 16:23), if only we would ask, but we must not ask for the wrong things and for the wrong reasons, like consuming it for our own pleasure or passions (James 4:3). I tell you, we can have confidence that if what we’re praying for is His will, we can ask for anything and know He hears us (1 John 5:14).
What’s Your Goliath?
Do you have a Goliath in your life right now? Is it a financial need? It is a relationship problem? Is it prodigal children or grandchildren? Since God chose the young teenage boy David to fight a giant, why wouldn’t He want to do big things for you, too? There is nothing in Scripture that ever indicates that anything is too big for God. If God is for us, then who or what could ever be against us (Rom. 8:31)? Paul wrote this as a rhetorical question with the obvious answer: There is nothing or no one that can be against us if God is for us.
A Closing Prayer
Great Creator God, You have made the heavens and all that is within them, and I know that nothing is too hard for You. The only thing that limits You from doing big things in my life is my own belief system and my limiting You. Please forgive me for my lack of faith in You, and in Jesus’ most holy name I pray.
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