“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. "And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9 (New Living Translation).
When we pray, we approach the Maker of everything created, Who only thought about the creation of the universe, spoke it, and it was there! He obviously operates at a much higher level of power and efficiency than we can even begin to grasp with our finite minds! Therefore, when we come before Him, we have to recalibrate our expectations to a higher level to match His infinite capabilities.
We honor God when we ask Him for miraculous provisions and interventions and dishonor Him when we limit Him by acting like He is not able to take care of us. Most of us will agree that God can help us generally, but most of the time we doubt His willingness to help us specifically. We worry and fuss, often thinking that others must be more deserving of His provision, and, as a result, we don’t ask and don’t receive.
We must elevate our thinking to keep in mind that God can change any situation with a whisper and that His words never fall to the ground powerless and limp:
“The rain and snow come down from the heavens and stay on the ground to water the earth. They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry. It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.” Isaiah 55:10-11 (New Living Translation).
Are you comprehending just how powerful this is? One word from God creates brand new realities and abundant resources! All He requires is for us to acknowledge His omnipotence and to approach His throne with the sure knowledge that nothing is impossible for Him!
“For nothing is impossible with God.” Luke 1:37 (New Living Translation).
We must all think at a much higher level when we pray because God is much greater than we can even imagine!
- Can you remember times when you were so overwhelmed by the perceived immensity of your problems that you almost felt wrong to ask God for help?
- Make a commitment never again to talk about your “mountains of problems” as if they are a challenge for God. God looks down on mountains, not up! Get His perspective on things.
- Make a choice always to elevate your thinking to the realm where nothing is impossible for God!
- Honor God by inviting Him to your challenges. Ask Him to speak a word … and everything will change for the better!
Excerpted from Go Vertical by Iann Schonken: