In the Book of Joshua in the Old Testament in the Bible, numerous stories are told about the Israelite’s attempts at gaining control of the Promised Land.
During one of these battles, the Bible records in Joshua, chapter 10, verses 12-13: “On the day the Lord gave the Israelites victory over the Amorites, Joshua prayed to the Lord in front of all the people of Israel. He said,
“Let the sun stand still over Gibeon,
and the moon over the valley of Aijalon.”
So the sun stood still and the moon stayed in place until the nation of Israel had defeated its enemies.”
Who prays like that? I can’t even conceive of asking the sun and moon to stand still. Can you?
However, even in the New Testament, miraculous things happened. Jesus encouraged Peter to walk on water, which he did for a few steps. Jesus fed 4000 and 5000 people with just a few pieces of bread and fish. People were not only healed from physical ailments and diseases, but some dead people were actually brought back to life.
My point in all this is that just like it says in the First New Testament letter to the Corinthians that the message of the Cross would seem as foolishness to the Gentiles, I wonder if that mindset has become embedded in many of our minds as professing Christians.
True, we might still believe in the truth of Jesus dying on a cross so that we could have our sins forgiven and be reconciled back to God, but is there room in our “Gentile minds” to believe in a God still able to do miracles? When we pray, are our prayers framed in a context of what logical things can happen? Or, do we pray to a powerful, loving God who can do the impossible? To a living God, who can overcome the natural to do the supernatural?
How big is your God? How big are your prayers? How often do you pray with a faith that can move mountains?