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Wednesday, September 18, 2002

Edifier du Jour-Ephesians 3:14-21(NASB)
14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, 16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God. 20 Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, 21 to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.
God is a big God. That might seem like a no-brainer, but to borrow from the old line about the future, God is not only bigger than we imagine, He's bigger than we can imagine. He not only can meet our requests, He can do it with oodles to spare. We need to get this in our head-we've got a honkin' big and loving God. This has (at least) two implications. The first is that we don't have to be bashful in praying. We're only going to get what God wants us to have, but we need not worry whether God's got enough money in the budget to fulfill our request. Note that I've not gone name-it-and-claim it on you. God could give Pastor Gipson the Avalanche he's been eyeing today by having the car dealer give him one, but God's more likely to give him the perseverance to save up for a nice used one in a year or two. God gives us the things that are in His will, and if He's thinking big, we can pray big. If God's got more modest plans for you, asking for the Mercedes would be in vain. The second implication in the bigness of God is that there is no voice-mail in Heaven, no listening to bad elevator music for twenty minutes while God works through His backlog. We're often reticent about asking God about the little things, like praying for wisdom on how to present time-value-of-money to my Personal Finance students or to get the perseverance to sit down and grade thirty Econ exams. Since it isn't at the level of praying for the lost or for Aunt Lucy on her sickbed, we think that we need to wait in line while the high-priority prayers are answered. God's trans-time. He's got all the time in the world, so there is no waiting line in Heaven. You've got God's full attention. Go ahead and ask. Big or small, He's got the time and resources to respond.

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