I heard someone on the radio the other day say: “It is not your ability that counts, but your availability.” Blessss, that reached right down into my soul.
So, today I pulled out my The Gospel of Mark bible study from last year that I never quite finished and began looking over my old notes. I found: “The pardon Jesus handed the paralytic revealed that he wasn’t asking audaciously enough-that his greatest desire was still too dinky. Would you describe the prayers you’ve been praying lately as audacious or anemic? Why?”
I am not even gonna lie, I have had some pretty anemic prayers in the past. But if working in a group home has taught me nothing less, it is how to pray audaciously. Sometimes we try to fit You into our little human box and forget who You are. We forget You are a miracle working God.
The bible study asked: what’s the most audacious “mountain tossed into the sea” prayer request on your heart this season? Do you feel like you’re whispering it toward Heaven with hesitation and trepidation or bellowing it to the Heavenly Father who delights in meeting your needs?
This study has taught me about the power and authority of You, Father. Lord, You literally tell the storm to be still. You have absolute power over the natural world, supernatural world, and even death. In my notes is the question: How does that truth change the way we live today? That undeniable truth reminds me to stay in my lane. That You are the one in control. That I can trust You. That I can ask audacious prayers. That I can expect miracles. That I can build my life upon Your love.
The study continued with: “I am completely accepted, therefore I obey.” The study taught that our obedience isn’t to work our way into Heaven, but a response in gratefulness because we have been given Heaven.
Mark teaches us through the story of feeding the 5000, that You give us what we need. We simply have to trust and obey.