As children, we are told, we are taught to dream and dream big.
We grow up. Life beats us down and we see dreams just as fairy tales. Dreams are for the light-hearted, childlike, and innocent. Dreams twinkle as far out as the stars. A faint, dim light.
While I have experienced these faint and far dreams I have watched them come close in an instant. From a faint twinkle to a bright light shining in front of me.
How did this happen? How did a twinkle become a spotlight of joy?
Prayer and diligence. Over and over we hear there is power in prayer. We pray daily and it seems nothing is happening. God is silent. The situation isn’t changing. Day after day. We pray. Yet we feel dry and empty. However, God’s word says the prayer of the righteous profits much. I plead with you keep praying no matter how dry it may feel.
Diligence. A life that continues on the path. A life that lives in obedience… holy.
What is holy? Jesus Christ is holy. How did He live? He did only what the Father told Him. He loved the unlovable. He served. He lived simply. He prayed.
Today I am dreaming again. I am dreaming that God’s people will grow stronger. That God’s people will stand firm in faith and trust God is greater. That God’s people will pray like never before. That God’s people will love with more passion. That God’s name will be magnified across the globe even in the midst of a pandemic.
Sisters and brothers, keep dreaming. Now is not the time to sit stagnant. Now is the time to raise those arms in acknowledgement of our almighty God. Now is the time to gather your family in prayer. Now is the time to encourage His people. Now is the time to ask Him – ask Him what dreams He has for you!
Yes, God loves you so much He has beautiful dreams in store for you. Don’t be afraid to ask Him. That twinkle out there in the distance is for you.
Pray fervently. Walk diligently.
Dreams come true not by magic but by the power of a magnificent God. Dreams change the world from hopeless to joy-filled. We can dream not because of our greatness but because of his love story from creation to the cross and empty tomb and still ongoing in a world shaken by a Coronavirus.
When you look up at the stars tonight remember that God is still working. God is still writing. God is!
James 5:16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. NIV
1 Peter 1:16 because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” NKJV
Leviticus 20:7 Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am the Lord your God. NKJV
John 8:28 So Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man on the cross, then you will understand that I am he. I do nothing on my own but say only what the Father taught me. NLT
John 5:19 So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise. ESV
Mark 2:16-17 And the scribes of the Pharisees, when they saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.” ESV
Mark 10:45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many. NLT
Matthew 8:20 But Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens to live in, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place even to lay his head.” NLT
Matthew 14:23 And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there. NKJV
Mark 1:35 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. NIV