This past week I have experienced God answering two of my prayers. One request was small and one was big. Yet God took the time to answer them both, and in a way that was so clearly from Him! The first prayer I had was for an inexpensive dress. My mom and I were driving to the store on Saturday so that I could look for a semi-formal dress to wear to my husband's awards ceremony the coming week. A week prior my husband lost his job, so I was feeling a little stressed about finding an attractive dress for a good price. So I prayed. I asked God to find me a great dress at a great price. When we got to the store I must have tried on 20 dresses and out of them all, only one looked good. And it was $60...way more than I wanted to spend. I decided to take it to the register anyways to see if it was on sale. The cashier rang it up and said, "That will be $18." Um, what? I asked if he was sure and he said yes, that it should have been on the clearance rack. Wow! That just felt so amazing that God had heard my prayer and answered so clearly!
A few days later we found out our big prayer had been answered! My husband got not one, but TWO job offers!!! Only one week after he was laid off! I still can't believe it! This new job is SO much better than his previous job and will really utilize all the gifts God has given him. We are so excited! For the past year, his job has been in danger and we have prayed over and over again that God would provide a new job before he lost the one he had. God didn't answer that prayer, and although I was disappointed at first, I am so glad now. God had a bigger plan than what I was praying for all those months. If my husband hadn't lost his job, he wouldn't have gotten this new one.
This got me to thinking about the way I pray. Do I pray BIG or do I allow my own fears and doubts to influence what I am willing to pray for? Is there something that you feel is to big to pray for? Are you allowing your doubts to limit your prayers? I feel like my answered prayers over the past few weeks have shown me that God wants to use my prayers to show me how much He is willing to do if I just simply ask! Pray BIG! Pray God-sized prayers instead of (your name here)-sized prayers. He wants to be actively involved in our life and if we don't include Him, how do we expect Him to intercede for us?
Psalm 126:3 "The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with JOY."