Isaiah asks, “Can a nation be saved in a day?” The president of Honduras is asking the same thing and is hosting me plus almost 2,000 missionaries to preach the Gospel in virtually every school, radio station and T.V. Station in the country. Also, we are simultaneously preaching in 18 stadiums with military escorts, top government officials, a declared national holiday and the full endorsement of every political leader.
Does this stuff really happen?! How often does a president declare a national holiday in order to open the doors for the Gospel to enter his or her country? This is huge. This reads like it is out of the Old Testament—like I need to be spit out of a big fish and then see whole cities turn to the LORD in the way of Jonah.
This endeavor is amazing because it is so big. Watching people pray massive prayers and applying huge amounts of energy to see a nation saved is quite refreshing. So often do I see Christians chasing small-scale success in order to avoid disappointment. We dodge praying for that person in the wheel chair because it might be awkward if he or she doesn’t get healed. We hesitate going after God given dreams and ideas because it’s not a practical way to live and don’t want to lose our job security. Too often we forfeit seeing God do big things because we don’t give Him a chance too. Too often we sacrifice supernatural miracles for small-minded safety.
When was the last time you prayed a ridiculous prayer? When was the last time you were disappointed because a prayer wasn’t answered? When was the last time you stepped out in faith and felt embarrassed because nothing happened? When was the last time you experienced a miracle?
As for me, I rather fail attempting something God-sized than succeed in a man-sized endeavor. If our God is real, let’s pray for whole nations to know Him. If our God is loving, let’s pray for generations of sickness to be broken. Is any prayer too big, too outrageous for our God?
Ephesians 3:20 says that, “God can do anything, you know--far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams!” (MSG)
What if there are people’s futures dependent on your outrageous prayers? If there is a chance my prayers work, I want to try the impossible and see God get maximum glory. If there is a chance we can see people healed and set free, I want to do everything I can to play a part.
Can a nation be saved in a day? We could speculate all day, but I'm going to find out for myself.