God can do in us what we can never do alone! But we can't live another day measuring our lives against sub-standard comparisons. We must stop setting goals that are attainable by human effort because when we hit them, they ring hollow.
We can no longer undershoot God's promises, undervalue our worth, and underestimate our resources. The only way forward is a conversation with God – vision comes in conversation. Prayer is conversation with the one who can take us beyond our whims and our wants. But why don't we pray and what do we need to change that?
"This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us." (I John 5:14)
Confidence in God is critical for prayer, and we'll never gain confidence in God if we never risk trusting him with our heart. Please, taste and see that the Lord is good. This is the first step for anyone who wants what God has for them.
If you suspect you're leaving too much potential on the table, prayer is for you. If you're tired of rationalizing your mediocrity, prayer is for you. If you're stuck and can't seem to get going, prayer is for you. If you feel like life has passed you by but are willing to give it another shot, prayer is for you. If you know there's more inside you but can't seem to dig it out; prayer is for you. If you've been pounded and left for dead by a barrage of condemnation, prayer is for you. If you've tasted the more abundant life in Christ but slowly turned away, prayer is for you. If you're ready to chase a dream God gave you, prayer is for you. If you are tired of blaming circumstances and are prepared to take personal responsibility, prayer is for you. If you've been trying everything in your power and can't make life work, prayer is for you. If you desire sustained victory, prayer is for you.
The God who holds the universe in his hands is waiting to talk with you...let us pray!
You're invited! Karl is the lead pastor of 180 Chicago. Our worship celebration is held Sundays, 10 am, at Whitney Young on the near west side of Chicago. We invite you to join us and pick up an autographed copy of Karl's book, THRILL.