A Pocket-Sized God?

Monday, December 13, 2021
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Matthew 10:30 – But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. (ESV)

Informed by the news media these days, I am led to be praying for the nations of the world where bad things are happening, trusting that God has got this. Today, I felt the need to pray for my own nation, England. It seems to me that Christians have lost the sense of God's influence on their homeland, through the nation's failures and triumphs that arise from the heritage of a Christian faith. Forgotten, too, are the significant victories of Jesus with us.

One might even think how outrageous it is that one person like me could pray for a nation and expect their prayers to make a difference. Sometimes, we limit our expectation for God to answer prayers to being a God of our own making who is pocket-sized — a distant being who only drops by now and then. We relegate our expectation of seeing God move by what we could handle if we were in God's place. It seems that some of our prayers are just too big to ask. We may even wonder whether God bothers to listen to a prayer from insignificant "me" today, one of seven billion plus inhabitants of earth, all crying out in some manner.

Yet, I have to believe that our prayers do make a difference! His timing and His ways are always perfect. Given that there are approximately two trillion galaxies out there, then this is not over-reaching or too big an ask for our God. He is more than able to make significant changes to our world, more than we can comprehend. He started existence and creation just by a few words. Jesus says that even the hairs of our heads, such as are left, are known and numbered by Him.

What He is saying is that God cares for you and me, for those who have passed already and for those yet to come, enough for Him to demonstrate His love to us through His practical action of incarnation, by His birth, death, and resurrection some 2000 years ago.

Romans 5:8 – But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (ESV)

So, this Christmastide, let us be reminded to celebrate and rejoice in Immanuel: God with us. Let us take a moment and give thanks for a King born out of His love of the world, and for His victory over death. Jesus is worthy to receive our adulation, our thanks, and our prayers.

I believe that He will always answer and value our prayers, for big or small, national or individual. Maybe, the answers will not be as we expect, in our timing, or with an outcome that we can currently comprehend, but Jesus, with the Father, through the Holy Spirit, answers prayers in love and care because He first loved us to become Immanuel.

Prayer: Lord, Your love is amazing, God with us. You are Immanuel, glorified and victorious. Thank You for coming and saving us from ourselves. By Your incarnation we have a kingdom hope, because You first loved us. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:


    Thanks for the good word, Rod.

    Thanks, Rod. This is very encouraging.

    A message from you that I need to hear daily. Thanks, Rod.

    Amen! Thanks for this.
    (BC, Canada)

    Hi Rod,
    Am encouraged by your Solid Rock reasoning.

    Thank you, Rod, for sharing this encouraging devotional with us.

    Thanks, Rod, for another of your special writings. I always find the devotionals you submit to be very encouraging and mindful. Blessings.

    Amen Rod. My prayer partner and l often have to remind ourselves of this truth. Though we be small and sometimes few, He hears and answers.

    Thank you for your input in the Daily Devotional. I certainly believe in prayer and have been a recipient many times to God’s response. It is not always what I expected or even hoped, but I know it is always right.

    Our country suffers from the same kinds of changes and we Christians continue to pray not only for our country, but nations as well as individuals. I know God hears and answers our prayers. Hallelujah and Amen. Thanks for writing.

    What an awesome devotional today, thank you for writing it. I feel blessed to have so many good writers giving of your time to write them. I really appreciate the one today.
    Blessings to you,

    Dear Rod:
    I want to thank you so very much for your encouraging words and your thought provoking words over this past year.
    I pray you and your family and friends will have a very Happy Christmas and a truly blessed New Year.
    God bless you.

    Rod, Thank you again for your thoughts and reminders. It also made me think of my old Heidelberg Catechism which is based on the book of Romans and the first question has always been special for me, “What is your only comfort in life and in death.” You may be familiar with the answer which was put together many years ago by Ursinus and Olivianus in Heidelberg Germany. Blessings.

    Thank you Rod.
    That was such an excellent point. Thank you for your devotional today!
    As I was leading our worship and congregational prayer yesterday, it was important to include a word for our leaders nationally, provincially, and locally.
    As a local township Councillor, the prayers of the brethren are absolutely priceless!
    Thank you again.

    Dear Rod,
    Great message. I think at times we all relate to God being able to respond in only the small way a human thinks, until we think of the flood, the Red Sea parting, and other examples.
    Then we know that God is omni-everything and we are inspired to pray for larger and larger outcomes. I believe you are right, all our prayers are valued and heard.
    Thanks for sharing and inspiring us to pray both large and small. May many blessings be experienced by all.

    Today’s devotional hit home. Please know.
    In times of calamity, we have forgotten to go to our God, rather we convene a summit of mostly ungodly leaders, or set up a Commission to study it but once again coming to the same conclusions or set up a GoFundMe page. Hence nothing changes.
    I was brought up short lately when speaking to wise colleague about my frustration of not seeing any spiritual progress in my family. Brought home recently when I learned my one remaining family member, a big brother, has contracted a fast-moving form of Parkinsonism.
    The admonishment was “What makes you think God isn’t at work? Employing many others to pray and witness.” Ouch.
    Good reminder.
    God’s richest blessing on you and yours.

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