A friend posed a question last week that has challenged me ever since: "what if God said 'yes' to every prayer we prayed today? Would our neighbors or neighborhoods or nation notice? Are we praying radically?" That profound question came from prayer leader Phil Miglioratti over Facebook. I hope it's niggling at his other Facebook friends the way it's niggling at me!
I thought about the things I'd talked with God about that day. All good things. Important things. I asked Him to intervene in the needs of friends, family members, people at church, folks at work, people I minister with and to. I know He cares about each person and need I discussed with Him.
Yes, maybe people around me would be changed and take notice if God answered the prayers I prayed today, I thought. But I could be asking so much bigger! So much more! Lord, give me Kingdom-sized prayers that You are just longing to answer!
Since I read Phil's question, I've been praying a bit differently. I still pray my heart concerning the needs that are nearest to me, the people I care about the most. But then I ask God to help me look beyond my own front yard, as it were, and to see the bigger world that my prayers can impact.
It's been a good challenge for me. So now I pass it on to you: What if God said "yes" to every one of your prayers today? How much would change? Want to join me in praying more radically?