[Jesus said,] “Embrace this God-life. Really embrace it, and nothing will be too much for you…That’s why I urge you to pray for absolutely everything, ranging from small to large.” Mark 11:22
Have you ever been asked to pray for someone’s sick dog or that a house will sell so the owner can move on? Jesus said we should pray for everything, so I guess it is okay to pray that a dog will recover so that his owner will be at peace and to pray for someone’s house to sell would be actually praying that the owner’s life can be less stressful.
When I began my speaking ministry, I prayed I would be able to handle the ministry God was sending me on. I had quit a job I loved, rented out our spacious home to strangers, and climbed into our 26-foot RV to spend a year roaming the U.S.A. I also prayed that other church staffs would invite me into their office to meet them and hear their stories. At times, this ministry opportunity seemed beyond large—more like an “Extreme Ministry” reality show.
As I mature in my faith, prayer has become a way of life–uttering words at the appropriate time. Most of them simply end with “Thank you, God.”
Dear Lord, thank you for keeping me focused on the goal—not the path—that made my ministry happen. Amen.