Why is it that the biggest-most important things to our hearts are the things that we (sometimes) hide? We have friends that know the littlest details of our lives, but don't know what our heart is yearning for most.
I learned to ask a question this week that has flipped my relationships upside down:
What's your biggest prayer right now?
I realized that there were friends who shocked me with their responses. We are in Christian community--how could I miss something like this?!
I think it's because the way these things build up in our hearts. If you have a relationship with God, one that you truly pursue, you probably know what I'm talking about. It starts as a little desire and then slowly, over a lot of prayer, turns into a passion that can't be put out. Most of the time, it pushes our imagination and expectation of what God can do to the limit.
That's why, for me, I'm not the first to share those parts of my heart. My biggest prayers are always where I want (I NEED) God to move most in my life.
I asked some women that I'm close to what their biggest prayer currently is:
"Um... that I will be bold and courageous, and do hard things. I want to be diligent in what God has called me to do by faith, but my comfort doesn't want me to."
"That my sister would come back to Jesus and her marriage."
"I'm expecting God to raise a generation of people who will change the world for His kingdom's sake."
"Praying for strength for my family to endure when things get hard and for lost friends."
"I pray that God would bring my hometown to their knees in surrender to His love."
"Hmmmm... :) Just clarity, peace, direction for some big life decisions coming up to do with my job, our family, etc..."
What about you, beloved? What is your biggest prayer right now? What is the yearning of your heart? What has God begun to prepare you for? God made you for a specific purpose, to play an unforgettable role in His kingdom. He's not waiting for you to be perfect, He's waiting for you to pray and step out in action.
Pray big. Except big. God is so much bigger than any prayer we have on our hearts.
Jacque is the Missional Women Intern and a college student in Denver, CO who balances her time between trying to go to class and learning about His saving grace and perfect love as much as she can. She is a twenty something, DIY attempting, Jesus loving, Denver living, small town rooted, Colorado sports fan. She loves black coffee, long conversations and watching people do what God created them for. You can find her Christian Twenty Somethings blog at Desperately Dependent.