Happy Meal Prayers

“If you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. And nothing will be impossible for you.” – Matthew 17:20[1]

Do we believe that God can do something seemingly impossible and ask him for it in prayer? Or do we just give him lip service? The very act of asking is faith and by faith we will receive what we ask for.

happy-meal mcdonalds prayerSome people ask God to satisfy their selfish desires (James 4:3). In other words, they ask him for a McDonald’s happy meal and only they are pleased with the answer to their request. No one else benefits from it. God answers such prayers according to his will. He wants them to command the work of his hands, but they choose to walk away with a happy meal (Isaiah 45:11).

Unlike most people, I’m not satisfied with a happy meal or even a Big Mac. Instead, I dream big and pray accordingly. God lays a sinner on my heart and, like a “friend of the bridegroom,” I ask him “of things to come concerning” this person (Isaiah 45:11, John 3:29). Then I ask God to save them in his way and time, to magnify himself in their lives – to humble, convict, and convert.

praying_man_at_altar spiritual birth conversionI find joy in asking God to save people whom most Christians consider hopeless, usually because of their vocation, past, or environment. If God can save Nebuchadnezzar, Manasseh, and Paul, then he can also save the hottest actor or actress in Hollywood. God save drug addicts, alcoholics, murderers, and rapists too. I believe that God can save ‘impossible’ people and I often ask him to do it. To see a sinful rebel converted into a holy saint who worships at the throne of grace: this is my joy.

The creation of the world, the incarnation of Jesus Christ, and his death and resurrection alone should tell us that our God is a God of the impossible. Do we ask him to do seemingly impossible things? Do we dream big? Or do we ask God for happy meals? The choice is ours.

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[1] New King James Version (NKJV), unless otherwise noted

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