To Whom Are We Praying?
“Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.” (Isaiah 40:26 NIV)
I remember struggling with a seemingly insurmountable problem one day when I was a young pastor. My difficulty was put into perspective the moment I read a newspaper article about a newly discovered star. This star is so huge that, had it been close to earth, it would not have fit into the space between the earth and the sun! We are talking about a star beyond our wildest imagination, because the sun is 93 million miles away from earth. It occurred to me that this star, magnificent as it is, is merely one of a vast number God created out of nothing and called by name. I dropped my head onto the desk that day and wept for joy at the greatness of God, reassured that my “insurmountable problem” was as nothing to the Lord.
The next time you are faced with an insurmountable problem, I’d advise you to look into the heavens on a clear night. The evidence of God’s greatness is right above your head. Scientists say there are about 7,000 stars visible to the naked eye, though only about 2,000 of these can be seen at any one time and place. So even on the clearest night you see less than a third of all the stars visible to people around the world. But that’s not the end of it. Recent studies indicate that there are far more stars than the eye can see, perhaps 200 billion—that’s 200,000,000,000—in our own galaxy; and the Milky Way is just one of millions of galaxies! Though no one knows exactly how many stars there are, one estimate puts the number at three thousand million billion stars—a three with sixteen zeroes behind it.
As God assures us, the “heavens are the work of [his] hands” (Psalm 102:25). He merely “commanded and they were created” (Psalm 148:5). Just one word from him, and three thousand million billion stars came into being.
What’s more, Scripture tells us that God “determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name” (Psalm 147:4). Think about it! What “big” problem are you facing right now that is too hard for him? What possible need is beyond his ability to supply?
-Pastor Cymbala (excerpted from Breakthrough Prayer)
Read Isaiah 40:25-31.