What have you not dared to ask for? (Or, even dream of?) What is infinitely beyond your highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes?
My brain does a crazy series of back flips when I think about these questions.
I confess it took me years of pondering questions like these before I finally got the nerve to dream that BIG…
(But, one day, I did!)
I was in a Wednesday-All-City-Worship service in Colorado Springs, Colorado. I secretly pondered the enormity of what was in my heart… gulped hard… looked up to heaven, and prayed.
I felt so insignificant and small standing in that group of devout worshipers (asking God to do for me) this thing that looked utterly impossible!
Ephesians 3:20 says,
Now glory be to God, who by his mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of—infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes.
I think this kind of asking and believing pleases God; actually makes Him smile!
(I love the idea of making God smile, don’t you?)
I like to call them Eden-Moments.
Remember the story of Adam and Eve walking in the Garden of Eden with God each day in the cool of the evening?
I’ve always imagined that there was lots of laughter and smiling going on during those strolls.
That as they were excitedly sharing their hearts with God; the events of their day; asking all their questions…
There was so much joy they could hardly contain it!
If you had been in Eden wouldn’t you have asked God lots of joyous questions?
(Yeah, me too.)
I would have been saving them up all day long for the moment when He arrived.
Anyway, often… when I am in deep worship (whether in church or out) I will worship with eyes closed, turn my head toward the ceiling, and I can “feel” His smile; the warmth of His pleasure.
It is as though in those moments God and I are face-to-face and heart-to-heart.
And I think that ever since Adam and Eve got tossed out of that garden?
I think God has been longing to take us back there with Him; walking, talking, laughing, sharing, dreaming, worshipping—together in intimate relationship.
I believe we are to reach for that place.
Reaching, asking, waiting… for that touch from heaven.
[ Hillsong lyrics ]