Message by Louie Giglio
“The LORD merely spoke, and the heavens were created. He breathed the word, and all the stars were born. He gave the sea its boundaries and locked the oceans in vast reservoirs. Let everyone in the world fear the LORD, and let everyone stand in awe of him. For when he spoke, the world began! It appeared at his command.” (v. 6-9)
We always pray to God, but have you ever considered praying in awe of God? Our prayers tell God what we need, what we want, what is causing fear in our lives, anxiety, depression. Over the course of just a few minutes of prayer, God has heard a lot from us. What have we heard from Him?
In Psalm 33, God is described on a much larger scale than we usually imagine: “By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth.He gathers the waters of the sea into jars; he puts the deep into storehouses.Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the people of the world revere him. For he spoke, and it came to be;?he commanded, and it stood firm.” (Ps. 33:6-9, NIV).
A God who created stars with the breath of his mouth could surely comprehend and overcome our struggles. What if instead of beginning prayer with requests for God, we began with meditating on His character? With remembering how He made the heavens and can collect the sea into jars. Remembering that He is the one who speaks things into existence, commands life to be still and it is still.
But our sin skews our image of God. In the shadow of our imperfections, selfishness and pride God is suddenly smaller and we are suddenly bigger. And when we are bigger than God, then how could we ever trust Him with our lives, current and future? Or resolve issues from our pasts? Life is up to us and God is just a part of it.
Consider our galaxy. Just the Milky Way galaxy alone is too huge to wrap your mind around. Even the size of the sun—that little blazing ball in the sky that we squint at has a surface level large enough to fit 960,000 of our little earths. God made the sun, and He made stars much, much bigger than the sun.
So when our circumstances seem too heavy to bear and our problems too big to fix, remember that the God you are praying to is the God of the entire universe. He has gone before your circumstances and has made a promise He is more than capable of fulfilling: “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint” (Is. 40:31, KJV)