Separated Together: Paying for Impossible Things

Most of us have seen the movie Alice in Wonderland. “Alice” was written by a pastor named Charles Dodgson. He went by the pen name, Lewis Carroll. Dodgson believed God can do impossible things. (For the record, Jesus did too. He once told His Disciples, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.” Luke 18:27) In Alice Through the Looking Glass, there’s a scene that goes like this:

“Now I’ll give you something to believe. I’m just one hundred and one, five months and a day.” “Oh I can’t believe that!” said Alice. “Can’t you?” said the Queen in a pitying tone. “Try again: draw a long breath and shut your eyes.”  Alice laughed. “There’s no use trying,” she said. “One can’t believe in impossible things.” “I dare say you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why sometimes I’ve believed six impossible things before breakfast.”

My wife Donna and I pray every night together before we go to bed.  During this pandemic it got me wondering why we pray the same things over and over again.  Recently it seems that we are not praying for impossible things, but things we believe may be answered by God.  So the question came to me, “Why don’t we pray for impossible things?”

What are some of the impossible things that you could pray for during this time of isolation?

It might do us well to maybe not choose them all yourself, but during your prayer time, spend some time listening to God and I bet he will give you some impossible things to pray for.  Maybe during this unusual time we could all begin to pray for impossible things.  I know one that has been on my heart is that when this virus threat is over, we will be a nation that honors the Sabbath. Instead of enrolling in extra-curriculars, families will be in church in Sunday mornings, and together or with friends Sunday afternoon.

This request seems impossible to me. I’m going to pray for it anyway. Because, if God answers, we’ll be a nation that puts Him first, values relationships, and practices the virtue of slowing down every seventh day.

Is there an impossible prayer, or three, you’d like to pray? Let’s start tugging on heaven’s coattails and see what happens.

Until now you have asked for nothing in my name. Ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete. John 16:24

Pray this with me:

Lord, I know that nothing is impossible with You. Today I’m asking You to reveal to me requests You’d like me to pray, which only You can answer. As You speak, I’ll make a list. Please do impossible things during, and as a result of, our isolation together. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Blessings,

Pastor Don