Mark 9:23 “Jesus said to him, ‘If you are able!—All things can be done for the one who believes.’
If you want to hear more of this story, read Mark 9, but the basics are that Jesus has been asked to do something “if he is able.” I love His response. He’s like, “Really?! Yeah, I’m able, dude. Are you able to believe?”
I’m here to tell you that God is more than able and He can fulfill your greatest dreams, and I want you to start praying about your dreams and goals.
Now here are the things you need to know/remember about praying for your dreams:
First, it’s NOT a one way ticket to getting what you want.
Even if your prayers never bring your dream to life the way you think it should, praying about it will bring you closer to God, shaping your heart like His and eventually your desires to be more like His.
BUT… God does still know that you have dreams and deeply felt desires – after all, He put them there!! (Unless of course, as I mentioned before, your dreams are just plain evil. Sorry, those who dream of world domination.)
It’s easy to pray for your dreams. Just tell God directly what you want – don’t be embarrassed or try to explain why your dream will really be in His best interest. He already knows what you want, and He’s got that best interest thing down. Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want because God might not give it to you, and then you’ll have to question His power or goodness or even existence.
Too often we give God cop outs to “protect Him.” But He doesn’t need our protection. Elijah clearly wasn’t worried about whether God felt like bringing fire when he challenged the false prophets (1 Kings 18). Elijah expected God to show up, and He did. God is God! He can say yes or no or not right now or whatever He wants and still be God – even if you don’t like it.
So ask for what you want and believe that He can deliver. He loves and rewards faith.
Do your homework. God is not a genie. If you want to accomplish something, then put in the work. You’re not going to blow the world away like the next Taylor Swift (Gosh, I love her, btw) if you sing like Scuttle from The Little Mermaid and put no effort in to improve.
Ask God to purify your desires. Sometimes our dreams really are just selfish or they’re not good for us. If we pray openly and don’t keep a closed mind, God will change our mind if it needs to be changed.
Ask for wisdom, guidance and patience daily. Pray throughout the day as you work on your goals. Don’t expect a lot of help from God if you’re trying to accomplish your goals and expecting Him to help, but you’re not even bringing Him into the work. Talk to Him as you go. For example, if you’re about to start a photography class, as the class starts ask God to give you a good instructor, give you courage to ask questions, for understanding and retention.
Pray in hope. God loves us to praise Him and proclaim His greatness, so state that you believe in Him, that you know He is powerful enough to bring about your dreams.
I found this great prompt at http://christianteens.about.com/od/christianliving/qt/A-Prayer-Of-Hope.htm
You know my dreams, Lord, and I know it is a lot to ask to realize those dreams, but I ask that you hear my prayer of hope. I would like to think that my hopes and dreams are all part of your plans for me, but I trust that you always know better. I put my dreams in your hands to mold and fit to your will. I surrender my hopes to you.
Last but not least, ask for God’s blessing and favor in the things you’re doing right now. Maybe God has a different plan for you but you won’t see it until you excel where you are now. On that same note, praise God for the good things He has done/is doing now. Don’t agonize over what you don’t have. Dreams are important, but life is too short to be miserable pining over an unrealized dream.
Forgive those you are holding a grudge against and live in God’s will. 1 Peter 3:12 “For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
Join the conversation:
What are your dreams? How can I pray for you about them? Do you think it’s selfish to pray for your dreams when there are people in the world who are praying just to survive?