We are continuing the theme: “The Exodus: Moving from Here to There.” Or in other words, moving from our will to God’s will. This week He is reminding us that His will is that we dream big (see Ephesians 3:20).
“God can dream a bigger dream for you than you could ever dream for yourself” said Oprah in an inspirational video on the power of surrender. I couldn’t agree more. God’s dream is bigger, better, and more fulfilling than anything we could ever conjure for ourselves.
Thankfully, as we surrender and draw closer to God, He begins to reveal His plan for our lives and starts to plant in our hearts the promises that He wants us to pray for. Those promises are always easily accessible; sometimes they are behind walls like the great city of Jericho that was promised to the children of Israel in the book of Joshua (chapter 6). Nonetheless, God’s promises are worth fighting for and those walls have to come down.
“What is your Jericho?” ask Mark Batterson, author of The Circle Marker. By Jericho he is referring to the promise(s) you are praying for and marching around. For the children of Israel their Jericho (a city behind a wall) symbolized the fulfillment of a dream that originated with Abraham 400 years prior to their conquest. God had promised Abraham that his descendents would inherit the Promised Land and Jericho was the first step in the fulfillment of that promise.
So I ask again, “What is your Jericho?” When I had cancer my Jericho was healing. When I desired to attend college my Jericho was financial aid. When I desired a godly husband my Jericho was Andel. Although there were walls and barriers that threatened to keep me from getting to each Jericho I believed God and what He has promised to do for me. So I wouldn’t stop praying and I wouldn’t stop believing and eventually the walls fell and I received each promise from God in His timing.
That is what God requires from you: a consistent, persistent prayer coupled with faith. Keep walking and praying around your Jericho until the wall comes crumbling down.
As Pastor Donald Chisholm has been instructing us on the Weekly Wrap-up call, “Take your eyes off of your circumstances and put them on God.” When you do that an amazing thing happens. Not only does God start to answer your prayers but He starts to reveal His plan that includes dreams far bigger than you ever conjured up for yourself.
This week concentrate on identifying the dreams God has planted in your heart and write them in your book or in a separate journal. If those dreams aren’t evident just yet, don’t worry. All week we will discuss this topic on the Morning Prayer Line.
Lastly, Pastor Steven Furtick, the author of Sun Stand Still says if your prayers don’t move you, there’s a great chance they are insulting to God. So let go, surrender, and let God’s BIGGER DREAM take root in your heart and transform your life.
With God all things are possible,
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