Prayer is Just as Big as God Is

by Benjamin Burks on February 23, 2011 · 3 comments

Prayer is just as BIG as God is ...

Prayer is just as BIG as God is ...


Lamentations 3:41-42, “Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens. We have transgressed and have rebelled: thou hast not pardoned.”

For nearly ten years, I have been working with people who are addicted. I love every opportunity I get to teach and encourage them publically and privately. One of the toughest parts of this leader’s job is to continually turn the heart of the person who is struggling toward the Lord.

It has been my observation that many times there are alternatives that they choose that hinders their progress. I want us to consider a few of these today. I then want to give you encouragement to act in faith today, placing your confidence in Him, and then helping others do the same:

Resentments
We cannot hold on to our resentments and find healing at the same time. It is best released by asking God to give us the strength to forgive the offender. Often a student cannot have faith in God that is needed for full recovery until they stop blaming others.

Principle number 10 in the RU curriculum states; that when we accept the blame, God balances the guilt. Until then, the vicious cycle will continue.

Fear
It is when we feel when we are not in control of a situation that we turn to other destructive means. Fear stops us from seeing effective options to problems. We are blinded by our fear and thus stopping our forward progress in whatever we do.

1John 4:18, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love”. The man who fears is not made in perfect love. We need to know that God’s love removes the torment that fear brings, and fills us with His love.

Anger
Fueling the fires of anger without dealing with the problem can only harm us. As we stuff our anger, we stockpile it like bombs and one day there will be a lot of innocent bodies lying around when we explode over something small. This is one of the most destructive patterns to break. Yet I have seen God do it time and again.

Ephesians 4:31, “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice…”

Approval seeking or co-dependency issues
Often times a student will seek the approval of someone else in order to receive that fulfillment for which they long after. Let me warn you that during this coping mechanism you or your student is very vulnerable to other sins that will destroy them faster than the one wherein they may be seeking your help.

One area this seems to evade is the sexual area. Often a person will find solace with someone of the opposite sex and intimacy that should be reserved for God and your spouse is exploited by another. Avoid intimacy with each other. We were created to have intimacy with God and our spouses. Everything else is misplaced trust.

Often it will be manifested in another light between two of the same sex, yet in a different behavioral pattern. Have you ever seen to people who hang out together and neither of them is good for the other? Often, this brings disaster and a slowing of the recovery process for both.

Any time you are trying to gain victory over a stubborn habit in your life, prayer is needed in the process. Prayer is an act of faith. It is not a work. It is depending on God. Faith is placing your confidence in Him. Every step of the way you and I need to pray.

Psalm 139:23-24, “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”

How much time do you spend talking with Him? How often in a day do you share your likes and dislikes with Him? How often to you describe your problems to Him? Prayer changes things. But I want to remind you that prayer also changes people. God often through our conversation with Him reveals our weaknesses and our stubbornness and then offers the grace to change it. He loves solving problems for you. After all, He took care of your eternity (if you are saved,) can you not trust Him with other choices He offers? Only trust Him now! Go to lunch with just Him today. Take a walk with just Him today. Turn off the radio on the ride to work and commune with Him. I can assure you that the size of your faith can be measured by your prayers.

I want to close today’s blog with the words to one of my favorite songs…

I was discouraged when no answer came,
See, I’d prayed for years, and I still saw no change,
I was ready to give up on my wish coming true,
But when I prayed that last time, His power broke through.

And prayer is just as big as God is,
Prayer is just as strong as God is strong,
Prayer can reach as far as God can reach.
Don’t ever give up, just pray, just pray,
Don’t ever give up, just pray.

We have been given a means to the throne,
Of the One whose potential is yet to be known,
There is no limit as to what God can do,
So just keep on praying, He’s listening to you.

And prayer is just as big as God is,
Prayer is just as strong as God is strong,
Prayer can reach as far as God can reach.
Don’t ever give up, just pray, just pray, Don’t ever give up, just pray.

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Sharon Campbell February 23, 2011 at 10:18 am

Thank you. That was an encouragement today.

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Marlon April 17, 2013 at 11:08 am

Do you know if there is sheet music to the song and if so do you know where I might find it? Thanks!

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