Ever have a kid ask you to pray for something ridiculous? How do you respond? Say ok and laugh it off. Do you explain to them, “God doesn’t work like that”?
I wonder. How do we come up with these limitations we put on God? He becomes less and less amazing and more and more fictitious. Why do we put aside the miraculous healing and ask God to make the doctor capable, or a medicine potent? Didn’t God like being different than the rest of the world? Do you remember Moses versus the magicians and how the magicians couldn’t keep up with the power of God? We don’t see that so much anymore.
I thought what ridiculous things happened in the Bible. Samson as the Hulk (Judges 15), Elijah outrunning a horse (1 Kings 18:46), Philip saying, “beam me up Scotty” and teleporting (Acts 8:39), a talking donkey (2 Peter 2:16), paying taxes with money found in a fish (Matthew 17:27), walking on water (John 6:19), turning water into wine for a party (John 2:9). What did the party even matter? God met whatever need there was, even those that were seemingly insignificant.
How do you come up with a limit? The Bible says it’s the heart of the prayer. Pray in unity (Matthew 18:19). Pray in selflessness (James 4:3). Pray in goodness (1 John 5:14). That’s it. Paul says God can do infinitely more than we dare to ask or even think. Jesus doesn’t put qualifiers on prayer requests. He says “anything”.