At BridgePoint Church, we are in a season where God is refilling and refocusing us on the vision He has for us. I cannot begin to express how excited I am as I see the Spirit of God stirring our hearts and preparing our minds to see and do the greater things He has for us: “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father” (John 14:12).
Over the last week I’ve been building on the messages that I’ve preached on #vision. If you missed the sermons, be sure to watch part 1 and part 2. And you can look back over my previous posts to see what I’ve already written about vision. Today, I want to say a little more about prayer.
WE PRAY UNTIL SOMETHING HAPPENS (PUSH)
We live in an age where we often gain what we are seeking almost instantaneously.
- If we have a question about a particular fact or event, we google it. And bam! Instant access to more information that we could absorb.
- If we are hungry, we pull through the our favorite fast-food drive-through and within minutes we are chowing down.
- Need to heat up some food? Skip the oven and head to the microwave! Moments later you’ll be grabbing a hot plate.
Now, I am not complaining about having instant-access. It is convenient and helpful. Yet, I fear that the instant-access mentality has moved into our prayer lives. When we pray, we have wrongly expected that God will answer us immediately. We expect prayer to work like Google, a fast-food drive-through, or a microwave. But Jesus taught us to have a different approach and attitude to prayer. He instructed us to PUSH–pray until something happens! And to KEEP PUSHING!
So I say to you, keep asking, and it will be given to you. Keep searching, and you will find. Keep knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who searches finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. (Luke 11:9-10)
Are there some prayers that I’ve stopped praying because you didn’t see anything happening? Maybe you just need to keep pushing:
- Praying for someone in your life to get connected to Jesus
- Praying for someone to accept your invitation to visit church
- Praying for a wayward child to come home
- Praying for your marriage to be restored
- Praying for a conflict at work to end
- Praying for financial provision
- Praying for a pregnancy to happen
- Praying for _______________.
Maybe you’re wondering why God wants us to keep praying instead of just instantly giving us want we want. Here’s what it comes down to: Prayer is about much more than getting what we want–it is about coming into deeper fellowship with our God who loves us! God wants us to keep pushing in prayer because He wants us to get closer and closer to Him.
So, let’s PUSH today! And let’s keep pushing until we see a mighty move of God!