Luke 1:37 For nothing will be impossible for God.
With Christmas right around the corner, The Annunciation has been used in many of the Gospel readings over the previous three weeks. I’ve been waiting for the right day to write about this particular verse and after a brief phone conversation last night, I couldn’t think of a better time.
This is one of the most frequently quoted texts in all of the New Testament. When the angel Gabriel said the phrase to Mary, he was referring to the pregnancy of Elizabeth, who had conceived very late in life. While I’m not writing about anyone’s pregnancy, I’d like to write about the passage as it’s commonly referred to in our day and age. Prayer life.
I’m a firm believer that if our prayers don’t include the impossible at times, they are insulting to God. I don’t want to give the wrong idea here. All prayer is significant. If something is important to us, it’s important to our Heavenly Father. I have a question though. If you were to wake up tomorrow morning and all of your prayers over the previous seven days had been answered, how would the world you live in be any different? What significant change would God have created for you?
Would your favorite football team win this weekend? Would the man or woman you’ve been begging for a chance finally give in? Or, my personal favorite, would your food nourish you and you’d awaken well rested?
How about this. What if God answered our prayers, and not as many people died over the next 24 hours with a needle in their arm? How different would the next generation look if families in our communities were reunited, fathers returned home to their wives and children? One that has been showing up in my prayer journal a lot over the previous six weeks, what if teenage girls no longer struggled with eating disorders created by what the enemy tells them their friends and peers think of their bodies?
I believe, every now and then, God is sitting there just waiting for us to mention the impossible. All He needs is one reason to do the unthinkable, creating a chance to demonstrate His power and glory to the people we know who don’t believe. Many of us are quick to say Jesus no longer performs miracles as He did 2000 years ago. But, none of us want to be the ones on our face in tears all night, begging Him to create a change. We’re no longer willing to fast and weep as the heroes of our faith did, demonstrating to God how significant the matter is to us.
So, I’ll ask you again. What is it you’re praying about? What is it you could start talking to God about that would create a significant change in the neighborhood you live in?