The Spirit of Jonathan

I’m teaching a Wednesday night class on prayer. I love teaching and preaching on prayer . . . not because I’m a great prayer warrior, but because I’m not.

I want to be; but honestly, I feel my prayers are weak. It’s not that my faith is necessarily weak, but that my prayers are weak. I pray for small things. Easy things.

I need to pray for BiG things. God-sized things.

I love this post from Mark Batterson’s blog. It reminds me to pray big prayers:

Here’s one of my favorite phrases in Scripture. [In] I Samuel 14:6 [Jonathan] says, “Perhaps the Lord will act in our behalf.” I love that modus operandi. But I honestly think many if not most Christians take the opposite approach. Perhaps the Lord WON’T act in our behalf. We let fear dictate our decisions. We have a better-safe-than-sorry mentality. We live as if the purpose of life is to arrive safely at death.

Maybe it’s time for a paradigm shift. When did we start believing that God wants to take us to safe places to do easy things? Here’s a thought: the will of God is not an insurance plan. It’s a daring plan.

I think we’ve made a false assumption that the will of God gets easier as we grow spiritually. Some dimensions do get easier with the consistent practice of spiritual disciplines. But I also think God will give us more difficult, dangerous, and daring things to do!

I love this phrase. It’s so hopeful. It’s so optimistic. And it’s the key to living with holy anticipation. Perhaps the Lord will act in our behalf. May God give us the spirit of Jonathan!

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One response to “The Spirit of Jonathan

  1. I’ve only been a Christian for twenty-five years. Not even half my life yet. But here’s what I know:

    The one thing you can count on to get easier is that you know that God will be faithful.

    Every time you wonder if He will show up, you just think back and ask yourself “which time when I needed Him was He NOT faithful?”

    The answer is always the same. NEVER.

    And that’s what makes all the rest of the stuff of life easier.

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