The Big One (Consecration18 Devotion #10)

Ephesians 3:19–20

19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

1st Samuel opens with the story of Hannah.  I would suggest reading the first chapter of that book today.  When you do, there are a few things to notice.

Notice that Hannah was favored by her husband.  Whenever he gave, he gave more to Hannah.  He seemingly went above and beyond to see to it that she was happy.

Yet, the writer shows her in prayer pleading with God to give her a child.  She has a husband.  She has a place to worship.  She has all that she “needs” and much of what she “wants”, but that is not enough.  She has one more request.  She wants a baby.

So often in our lives we judge ourselves, and others, by what we possess.  We have health, family, friends, a job and many other things to be thankful for.  We are blessed.

But you must remember, being blessed does not mean you will never have a desire.  And having a desire does not mean you are not thankful for what God has already done in your life.  It does not make you a bad Christian to want something.  Sometimes the affection of a husband is plenty, but sometimes Hannah wants a baby.  Sometimes despite your blessings you still have something you need from God, and that does not make you a bad Christian.

Today, I want to free you to stop being ashamed of your prayer request.  He is not afraid of your request.  Stop being ashamed of it.

Ask God for “The Big One.”

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