I just saw a video from Steve Harvey on Youtube that motivated me to make this post. Not only did I feel the call to share this message today, but I needed a way to make up for not making my Sunday Devotional post. I’m starting to think I should do the dovotional posts not neccessarily on every Sunday, but whenever I feel like God’s telling me something. As we know, that can be at any time. Anyway, the video is below.
You can watch it in its entirety first if you prefer. Otherwise, I will paraphrase what he says in this short speech. As you can see, the title of this video reads “Are your prayers too small? Use these Scriptures.” When I first read it, I asked myself if my prayers lately have been like that — too small. Of course, that’s a silly question for me to ask myself; because I already know the answer. I was also curious to know which scriptures might help me out with this.
As I watched, Steve said there are two scriprures, or Bible quotes, that help out in this scenario. The first one: “You have not, because you ask not.” So simple. He then gave his audience some examples of small prayers, being things we pray for that perhaps we find a way to get on our own: Paying the rent, fixing the car. Steve said, “If you up your ask, He ups His give. That’s His promise…
“Why don’t you ask God for a car that don’t need fixin’?” See, the point of prayer is to reach higher. We are, after all, praying to a higher power. It’s supposed to be about something we don’t think we can get on our own. Yet, Steve’s point is that we don’t understand how it can be achieved, so therefore we don’t pray for it. I have to say that’s eye opening for me. Each of us has a desire that’s bigger than us, something we fear because it’s most important to us and yet we know we might not ever get it. We pray for our dreams, for example, or the health of our loved ones, or strengeth during really hard times. That’s the point in prayer. We have to realize that because of the fact that our individual selves can’t recieve it, our God will retrieve it for us — if we are patient and our requests aren’t just self serving.
The second scripture Steve gave: Habakkuk 2:2. He says it twice in the video, but I have actually never heard of it before. I had no idea this chapter existed in the Bible. Until today. And it really wrapped up what Steve was saying to his audience. The way he delivered it inspired me to break out my journal and write down the prayers that were in my head, my requests to God. Not only that, though, I wrote down that entire section of the bible in context:
“I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved.
And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.
For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.” ~ Habakkuk 2:1-3
Alright. Now, I challenge you, reader, to join in on this activity. Write down your prayers for God, any and all that you have. What’s something you wish for, that’s a little bigger than rent or mortgage? Let go of the how-to’s and give it to Him. Then just humor him and have patience. If you’re not amazed by what will result, you have my permission to unfollow this blog if you already are following it and never read my works again. Have a blessed day!