Somebody observed once that you can tell how big a person’s God is by how big his or her prayers are. Do you get the point? Do you agree? Whom really do you worship? Is he omnipotent or semi-omnipotent? Is he the King and Lord of all or just the duke or earl of all? Is he the Master of the universe or merely a middle manager? Has Satan really been dealt a mortal blow or is it just a flesh wound?
Jesus’ disciples were once in a little boat during a mammoth storm. The boat was taking on water, and their God seemed small and remote. “Don’t you care if we drown?” At just the right time Jesus looked at the waves and reminded them that they worked for him. “Be still!” He rebuked the furious winds, “Quiet!”
To the stunned disciples Jesus commented sadly, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” (Mark 4:40). The upside is that experiences like this one helped their faith to mature and grow. Their memory of such extraordinary events served them well later in life when they were called on to risk their lives for the gospel.
How big is your faith? How big is your God? How big do you dare to pray?