“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him” (1 Corinthians 2:9).
I remember a few years ago when I bought a digital camera. I was so excited to use it. It had many buttons on it. Now, I don’t know how to use all the buttons and don’t have the desire to learn but they are there if I ever want to. After having it for a few months I began to notice other cameras around me. People were able to remove the lens and replace it with other types of lens. I know, there are some of you very proficient in photography who are thinking that we all should know that information before we buy a camera. Unless of course you impulsively purchased it under sheer excitement. “Guilty!”
I want all our professional photographer types to bear with me for a moment. Also forgive me for not getting all of this as precise as you can. But different lenses help you find and photograph more than the eye can see. For example, a standard lens cannot take in the sweep of a canyon, so you use a wide-angle lens to capture the beauty of the wide canyon. In order to capture a waterfall springing out from the canyon below, you use a telephoto lens. To capture the tiny details like wild flowers against the rocks or the weathered rocks, you would use a zoom lens. In other words, you use different lenses to extend your vision and see from a new perspective. You begin to see things around you in a new way because you can.
That is exactly what prayer is for the believer. Prayer ignites your imagination. You begin to see things from God’s perspective when you ask Him to show you the things that He sees. Dreams that seem unreachable, abilities that seem insurmountable, situations that seem unsurpassable – all become possible when you see them from God’s perspective as you give them to Him in prayer.
One of the biggest gifts that God gives to us as children is our imaginations. Many of the gadgets we enjoy today are from a child whose imagination gave them the ability to invent something as they matured. Our imaginations feed us the ability to create or invent different medicines, different medical procedures, different forms of transportation, different forms of communication, and the list goes on.
Prayer unlocks our imagination to help us get past what appears to be limitations and obstacles. From God’s eyes, everything is possible. God imagines the unimaginable.
I invite you to continue to set aside time each day to meditate on the Lord and pray for a new way to see the world and the people around you. Put on a new set of lenses and see things from a different perspective. Maybe we are not seeing miracles because we are not taking the time to pray as we ought.
This Sunday begins our series on “The Parables.” I enjoy each Sunday as we gather to worship the Lord together and share the stories of how God is working in and through our lives. Pray for the anointing of God upon our time together. We will also be praying for the Haiti Team as they leave the following day for the adventure of building a new church and ministering in Jesus’ name. Thank you for your prayers and resources you have prepared for us.
May God give you a desire to continue to saturate in His Word and pray beyond your own needs to see the needs of others around you. May He fill you with the same love He has for a lost and broken world. Make a difference today wherever you go.
Joy in Jesus!
Rev. Mike McClurg
Senior Pastor, Findlay First Church of the Nazarene