My younger sister Ruth went through a weird phase. I think maybe she was a fibber or my Dad thought she exaggerated too much. So he put the fear of God into her literally about lying. And for the next year or two after everything she said she would say 'maybe, maybe not' just to make sure that not matter what she said it couldn't be a lie. It was incredibly annoying.
I realized this week as I'm reading The Circle Maker, I do that in my prayers sometimes. The book talked this week about how sometimes we add a 'if it's your will' at the end of our prayers because we don't really think the Lord going to answer them and we want to leave Him an out. But I was reminded this morning that God is bigger than our biggest problem, our biggest dream, and his grace is bigger than our biggest sins. And what a reminder that is. If we can really grasp that, wouldn't we pray differently?
The coolest thing I've taken from the book so far is that one couple that Mark Batterson writes about would write notes to the Lord with their biggest, craziest, hardest prayers and post them on the fridge. I LOVE that. I love the idea of being bold, of putting it in writing, and of not being ashamed for the people who come into your home to know that you're praying big.
And so, I got out my colorful post it's and I wrote my biggest requests. For some of you. For my family members. For my friends. And for my own life. I dated them today and I put them on my fridge. I'm praying big, I'm praying bold, and I'm praying with the expectation that my God is bigger that every request. I'm not adding any maybe, maybe not's at the end of my prayers. And when he answers them I'm going to take them down, add another date and give them to the person whose request it is as a reminder that our God is way bigger than the box we put him in.