I’ve been struck by two things this weekend. The first was from the sermon we heard at our church on Sunday morning. The preacher, speaking on the back of Peter’s healing of Dorcas (Acts 9) remarked that often we pray for things that are extensions of things that could happen anyway, such as someone getting better from illness, someone getting a job etc. There’s nothing wrong with this (in fact praying for these things is good), but how often do we pray for something that is truly a miracle, something that we feel would be impossible.
The second was a verse I read this morning, which is one of my favourite verses anyway:
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. (1 Peter 1:3-4)
Our hope is living – for the here and now, it’s based on a historical event – the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and it gives us a certain hope for the future whatever we’re going through today. Great stuff. Why not pray that big prayer this week?