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"Big Prayers"

November 17, 2003

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"Open wide your mouth and I will fill it." Psalm 81:10

There's a story of a little fish in the Mississippi River who was afraid to take a drink lest he use up all the water and suffocate.

Sometimes we pray like that -- afraid we may be asking God for too much. God's power is limitless; His resources are inexhaustible; His promises are all-embracing. Jesus said that if we believe we will receive whatever we ask for in prayer.

This "whatever" is as all-embracing as the "whoever" in John 3:16 "God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life."

We can come to the throne of grace with our smallest trifles and our biggest problems. This is Jesus' promise: "If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you" (John 15:7).

Nothing is too hard for the Lord. He can grant all our prayers, the big ones as well as the little ones. He who gave us His Son as the greatest gift is able to do immeasurably more than all that we ask or imagine.

PRAYER: Lord God, give us the confidence to bring also our big troubles to You in Jesus' name. Amen.

(Taken from "Words of Promise," copyright 1996 (out of print), Concordia Publishing House. For information on other devotional materials, call 1-800-325-3040.)

Today's Bible Readings: Ezekiel 5-7    1 Timothy 4

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