I’m sure you’ve been there, an evangelist, faith healer, prosperity speaker, etc prays over you with loud proclamations and touches, then in the morning with great expectations there’s nothing, nada, bare ground. Sometimes it’s hoopla, sometimes faithlessness on your part or wrong asking and you have your answer, then there’s the walk answer. It’s that walk answer that’s hard to swallow, let me explain.
As Sue and I have also been experiencing, you’ve prayed in faith, in God’s will and He’s placed something on your heart that’s really, really, really big. Can He do that, will He do that, is it wrong to ask for that? In Ephesians 3:20 we find:
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,
So God can and will do immeasurably more than we ask or imagine. Think about that. How big can you dream? God can do more. How big can you ask? God can add to that. Some translations say beyond, well God can go beyond beyond. When you think you’ve exhausted your thoughts, prayers, requests God can go further, because HE IS ABLE. So, why are we twiddling ours thumbs? Because we’re not ready to receive what God is going to provide, we have some work to do.
Pastor Tom Stamman has preached repeatedly, “the bigger the blessing the longer it takes”. Let me explain it how God works in nature, take the example of the Chinese Bamboo Tree. You plant a seed, you water it, fertilize it, watch it, and nothing happens the first year. Year two, with great expectations you find……..nothing. Year
three……nothing. Year four you’re about to tear your hair out. Nothing. You’ve watered, tended, watched and nothing and you’re ready to give up. Then comes year five and a miracle. The tree grows 80 feet in as little as 4 weeks. That’s 35 inches a day. The folks in Nebraska can give up corn and watch this puppy grow.
So what happened? Did the tree grow in 4 weeks, or did it take 5 years to grow? The tree needed to develop an extensive root and anchor system to sustain the exponential growth the tree was going to ultimately achieve,otherwise it would fall and die. The same on your prayer. If you haven’t given up and put it in the back of your bookcase, you get something added to your burden, a person, place or thing. Your prayer gets bigger, your thoughts deeper, your talks with God more frequent and personal. You meet people, they come to you or you to them, physical items get on a check list. You study more. Like the tree, God knows you don’t start with the ability to take on that blessing, you need personal growth and depth, to be strongly anchored so you don’t get crushed. When open doors seem closed God is actually working mightily in the background.
All around you, people, places, things need to develop, be in place or simply age. When God works for you, you are actually only a small part, His mighty work is to impact many hundreds, thousands around you that you will never meet, because God doesn’t waste moments. And you, when that blessing comes, will be equipped to shoulder and sustain the blessing that is beyond beyond, what you asked for.
But the first step in all this is being a child of God, a disciple of Christ. If you haven’t been to God’s throne of grace come now, accept His free gift that He offers. Do it now, this may be your last chance.