The scientist, George Washington Carver, routinely got up at 4:00 AM, asking God to show the mysteries of nature to him. Through this discipline, God revealed 300 uses for the peanut. According to Carver, the genesis of these revelations came from a conversation with God.
He asked, “Why did you make the universe?” The Lord said, “Ask for something more in proportion to that little mind of yours.”
“Why did you make the earth?” God said, “Your little mind still wants to know far too much.”
“Why did you make man?” The Lord said, “Still far too much.”
Then he asked, “Why did you make the peanut?” God said, “You finally have asked something in line with your modest proportions.”
God instructed Carver to take the peanut into his laboratory and separate it into water, fats, oils, gums, resins, sugars, starches, and amino acids. He found a myriad of ingenious uses for the peanut: glue, shaving cream, soap, insecticide, cosmetics, wood stains, fertilizer, linoleum, Worchester sauce, and more. All of these are traced back to a man who had a habit of praying at 4:00 AM.
Good ideas require getting into God’s presence. Everyone needs counseling of some sort, at some point in our lives, but our biggest problems are only solved in the presence of God. This is different from brainstorming; this is “pray-storming.” Prayer is the difference between the best you can do and the best God can do.
All of us have issues to solve: relational, financial, emotional, health. But, none of your problems are bigger than God. God’s grace and power have no limits. Whether it is your worst sin, greatest fear, or biggest dream, God is big enough to handle it, so pray like it.
A recent discovery found that peanut paste can be a miracle food for those starving to death because it is high in calories, rich in proteins, supports the immune system, and is easily digestible by those whose stomachs have shrunk from malnutrition. Guess what? This was discovered by another Christian who had a dream of saving lives and prayed about how he might be a conduit for God to answer that prayer. Don’t underestimate the power of a single prayer! What are you praying for?
Source: Mark Batterson