*Faith-Psychology-Family* Audacious Faith
A lot of what God has been teaching me lately is to accept and practice prayer as a normal part of my life as a follower of Christ. To put it simply, “Ask and you shall receive” is the normal experience of the follower of Christ. Jesus said that; I believe it. The reason it is so hard to wrap ourselves around “ask and you shall receive” is twofold. We have always been taught to be self-sufficient, to work things out ourselves. The times we cry out to God are the 911 emergencies. We DO that and it is a normal part of our lives.
However, let’s adjust our thinking to a perspective that is worthy of God: He is full of lovingkindness and compassion. He loves us like a father loves His little children. He wants us to interact with Him on every level, not just the BIG things. Simply put, to Him there ARE no big things. So, big or small (in our minds), “In everything, by prayer and supplication let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6).
In my read of the Bible in a year plan, I was in the book of Daniel this week. I am deeply moved by the story in chapter two of the megalomaniac Nebuchadnezzar who had a bad dream and wanted to know what it meant. He called all his scholars and wizards and told them he had the dream. They wanted to know what it was, and he said, “uh-uh”. To prove they were the real deal they not only had to interpret the dream, but they also had to describe the dream itself! And a death threat went with it if they couldn’t do it.
Daniel was friends with Arioch, the soldier who would have to carry out the executions of the scholars. He asked Arioch to give him a bit of time, which he did. Then Daniel went to his three friends, Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, and they prayed about it. God gave him both the dream and the interpretation, just like that.
This situation was an anxiety attack, a 911 emergency. The Babylonians not only killed people, but they were creative about it, using methods like fiery furnaces, lions’ dens, and chopping people up and killing their families. No doubt these four men felt anxiety; you would in the face of that. But notice the normal, immediate response, “We can pray about that”. God’s got this. And he did!
When we are buried in thoughts of “That’s impossible! That will never work! There is NO WAY. WHAT AM I GOING TO DO???” I’m going to put this situation in hands that can handle it: God’s hands. Audacious faith says I will believe that God’s got this.