Supercharge Your Prayer Life

Day 3 of 5 • This day’s reading

Devotional

Now we need to learn to pray “My God can, but even if He doesn’t” prayers.


One of the powerful stories from the Bible tells us about Shadrach, Meshac and Abendego being thrown into the fiery furnace for not bowing down to King Nebuchadnezzar's idol. They miraculously survived, but nearly as surprising is what these men of faith taught us before they were thrown in, "King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” (Daniel 3:16-18)


This kind of thinking and praying can super-charge your prayer time! I know my God is able to do the impossible, but even if he doesn't, I will serve him and follow Him only! This kind of praying offers supreme submission and faith in God, and he is greatly honored by this kind of praying. 


A similar way to pray this is like my older brother Jon prayed as he dealt with a serious illness in his twenties - "either way I win." He was praying for God to heal him, but he knew that eventually he would be fully restored and given a glorified body in heaven someday. All of us who trust in Christ can say the same. We will see God’s goodness in our lives in many ways on this earth, but ultimately and in all areas in eternity. We need an eternal perspective about all of this.


Pause and pray: 


Ask God to give you the kind of “Even if” faith that trusts Him even when you don’t see a clear answer, or understand quite how He is working.