I am currently reading the book, The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson, where he writes about praying powerful prayers. He is not advocating a "name it and claim it" philosophy; he is saying that there are big dreams that God gives us that seems impossible to human eyes. It is within these big dreams that we learn to have big faith and we pray big prayers for God to do the impossible. It is when the impossible happens that God's glory shines through and our faith is grown even more. Mark Batterson also explains that sometimes after praying through our situations we are to then praise God for what He is going to do. Our praise to God for His future intervention is a faith statement knowing that God will do something big - maybe even bigger than our imaginations will even allow us to dream. Jesus revealed some big and powerful promises to the disciples to give them hope through their difficulties and the ability to praise God for what He was about to do. Please read John 16:16-31.
Jesus explained to His disciples that they were going to face a grief that was going to be great; however, their grief was going to be turned to great joy. I don't know about you, but it is so hard when you are in a difficult period to imagine that it will turn into a time of joy. This is especially difficult when it is a dream that died. Keep in mind the perspective of what God can do. Jesus was telling them that the grief they were about to face was going to be because of His death, but that their grief would suddenly turn into joy. Joy even though Christ died? Imagine how absurd and confusing that had to be to hear! We have hindsight to understand why they would have joy, but they didn't. They just had to go on Jesus' word that it would happen.
Jesus continued to explain that they were soon going to be able to right to God with their requests. This isn't such a crazy idea to us because this is the reality we have always known when we began our relationship with Christ; however, Jesus was saying this to a group of Jewish believers who always had to depend on the priest to take their requests to the Holy Place. The idea that they could go to God using the Name of Jesus was amazing. What was the disciples response? They declared that they knew that Jesus came from God. Don't you find that an interesting response? Think about the idea of praising for what God was going to do; perhaps that is exactly what was happening. Even though everything Jesus was telling them was hard to understand, they understood that they were hearing from God.
Our situations that we face can seem impossible and are difficult; however, with the perspective of the power of the resurrection we can praise God for what He will do. It may not be what we think will be the best outcome, but it will always be what is best. God raised Christ from the dead, and He can work in your situation. He can turn your sorrow into joy! Take your concerns to God (because Christ promised we can) and begin praising Him now for what He will do in your life because it will be amazing!
This post is linked with On Your Heart Tuesdays and Soli Deo Gloria.