Posted by: mikenicholsblog | July 10, 2011

simple prayer, speechless moments

Have you ever had an experience that left you absolutely speechless? I had one of those, “I can’t believe what I just saw moments,” on a business trip to Tennessee last week. The moment came as I was meeting with a great couple in their beautiful home nestled against a small mountain. We were working at their dining room table, when the husband motioned out the window and his wife bolted to action. This normally calm, respectful wife grabbed a 22-caliber gun, threw in a bullet clip and was ready to kill the squirrel that had appeared out the window. I was speechless and even thought to myself, “at least open the window!”, as the action unfolded. She didn’t shoot, but the moment was priceless.

It should be noted that the couple was passionate about eliminating the critters that were eating their vegetation. Their determination and passion challenged my thinking….and left me speechless! I wonder if you are experiencing many speechless moments in your relationship with God?

With relative certainty, I would surmise that you prayed last week. After all, isn’t that what “good Christians” do? It may have been a quick plea for help, an obligatory meal prayer or in some cases a desperate cry for God’s intervention. But as the words left your lips, did you really believe they would make any difference? As a fellow journey struggler, I must confess that my prayers are too often littered with unbelief. But even in my weaker times, I have seen dramatic answers to heartfelt cries.

Books have been written about model prayers, mountain moving faith, praying without ceasing etc… Our purpose in this post is not to answer all of your questions about prayer, but rather to turn your heart back to the simplicity of seeking God through prayer, and seeing Him move on your behalf. If you are new to faith in Christ, please trust me when I say that prayer works, and God does move mountains. If you have journeyed with Christ for many years, trust me when I say God still wants to move mountains for you, and maybe He will even leave you speechless.

For just a moment, be honest with yourself. Do you really live with a confidence that prayer is going to work for you? I bet you can list several requests on your heart right now that you hope God will answer.  However, your hope is more the kind that is surrounded by quotation marks, than ends with a period. It may not sound spiritual to say, but that is the way we live. With childlike simplicity, and a passionate prayer life, you and I just may find ourselves in the middle of some speechless moments. God would not challenge us with so much about prayer, if He didn’t want it to be a fundamental part of our relationship with Him. But our lives get so cluttered that we pray amiss, and miss some speechless moments.

Lest my words be misconstrued, I am not advocating that God has to respond my way if I have enough faith, or that He always moves dramatically. He doesn’t heal our loved ones every time, or remove every problem. In His wisdom, He will allow difficulties in our lives. Remember, God is Eternal and Holy. He will choose to move in our lives according to His design, in His time, which is always good. But the truth remains, that He wants us to pray with faith. History, Scripture, and my own life experiences have taught me that God will intervene when faith is present. And He does move mountains!

Matthew 17:19-20
Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”  He replied, “Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” 

This dialogue between Jesus and his disciples gives us powerful insight. We can come with faith as small as a mustard seed, and still see Him move mountains. Do you really believe those words, for yourself! Is your faith simple and passionate, or tired and cluttered? Faith and prayer go hand in hand. I believe our Eternal, Loving God wants to move mountains for you. Would you simply trust Him?

I was speechless in the mountains watching my friend’s passion and determination.  I trust you will be as speechless when God moves a mountain for you!

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