Why Does It Surprise Us???

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As this prayer challenge has gotten underway, God is using it to touch hearts, mold us into His image, and bless people.  I was very excitedly sharing with a friend some of the impact just this dedicated prayer time has kick started so much more.  As I was sharing the “challenge” prayer with friends, God began to touch people clear across the globe.  As my friend Aaron said, it’s not about him (as I jokingly called this challenge his “brainchild”) and it’s not about you, and it’s not about me.  It’s ALL about Jesus, and about a call to respond to.  It’s about relationship – with people and with Him.

Anyway, through these beginning days, I am continually blessed and amazed at all God is doing in the hearts and circumstances of people.  When I shared with someone that this challenge has been accepted by a few people I know in other continents even, he was surprised, excited and amazed…while another friend mentioned how incredible this all is.

And, clearly, I agree wholeheartedly.  However, there is something else that I’d like to ask.  Why!?  Oh, how many times, and in how many situations have you asked that question!?  That said, the “why” I’m trying to answer is why we are so surprised when God responds to His children!?  Why are we shocked and amazed that He acts on our behalf – when His love spans the globe!  Don’t get me wrong – this question is just as much for me, as it is for you.  I think when we remember the majesty and character that God truly is, none of this would really come as a surprise.  A blessing?  Yes, of course.  But, so many people (myself included) pray a prayer, not really sure if God even hears their prayer.  Well, my friends, He does.  He listens to your every word.  He cares about you, and about what you have to say, ask or praise Him for – and He does so with a passion!

Just as He is doing this amazing work in my heart, he is in so many others who have said, “Yes, God.  Use me.”  When you truly allow God to work through you to make a difference in people’s lives, don’t be surprised when He does!  Remain humble, and keep your heart and mind open to His call…in a prayer challenge, or whatever in life He calls you to.  Don’t be surprised when you encounter life change as a result!

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