6/8/16: It’s Simple

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This morning during my prayer time, I prayed a great big prayer. There’s nothing wrong with that because we serve a great big God. I usually feel as if God hears my prayers and will answer them, yet sometimes, when I pray these huge prayers, I’m tempted to doubt and think that maybe I’m being outrageous. Maybe I’m just throwing up huge pipe dreams.

After I prayed, I turned to my Bible reading for the day and found myself at Second Kings chapter 3. The passage discusses how Mesha, the king of Moab, decided to rebel against Jehoram, the king of Israel. Jehoram wasn’t going to be disrespected, so he got his army together and called for help from King Jehoshaphat, the king of Judah, and the king of Edom. They decided to take a route that ended up being a 7-day, roundabout journey through an area with no water. What were they going to do? How were they going to refresh their troops in time to fight?

Well, Jehoshaphat asked for a prophet so the kings could hear from God before they took another step. Enter Elisha. He prophesied, “Thus says the Lord: ‘Make this valley full of ditches.’ For thus says the Lord: ‘You shall not see wind, nor shall you see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, so that you, your cattle, and your animals may drink.’ And this is a simple matter in the sight of the Lord; He will also deliver the Moabites into your hand” 2 Kings 3:16-18 (NKJ).

The prayer I had just prayed was at least as big as the need for a valley to suddenly fill with ditches, to have no rain to fall, yet to have the ditches fill with water so an army could drink. I became encouraged to see my prayer like Elisha saw things: “this is a simple matter in the sight of the Lord.” The God who can fill ditches with water without sending rain, is the same God who can part the Red Sea, turn water into wine, feed 5,000 with a little boy’s lunch, restore sight to the blind, walk on water, raise Jesus from the dead, and fulfill my great big prayer requests.

What are you praying for? Be encouraged. This is a simple matter in the sight of the Lord.

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2 Responses to “6/8/16: It’s Simple”

  1. While I know that fervent prayers of righteous people can move the heart of God, my prayer life is not as intense or extensive as it should be. Most of my prayers are lifted up to God during times of difficult circumstances or dangerous situations. I have found that God is very faithful in answering these prayers. Because God is who He is I do believe that we (Christians) should pray on our knees in reverent awe of who God is.

    I do strongly believe in offering prayers of thanksgiving and praise to our God who is Holy, pure, fair, and just. Without God every person would fall on their face daily as we make “human” mistakes. Even after we accept Jesus Christ as LORD and SAVIOR, life continues to have many difficulties.
    The difference is that now we should not fear these troubles because Jesus Christ has overcome them all. Through trust and belief in Jesus we do not need to lean on our own understanding because He has overcome the world. Those who do not have a relationship with Christ will all eventually encounter a difficulty that can break their spirit or cause heartache beyond measure because God’s Peace made available through a relationship with Jesus Christ is not available to them.

  2. I was privileged to be a Precinct Inspector for the Presidential Primary yesterday. My 1st time at that position you could expect a little anxiety! All the way until the time of pre-setup (Monday evening at 6:00pm), the mind was racing & the heart was pounding! Not until my 3 co-workers & I joined hands to praise & petition the Lord, did the feeling of peace & calm of God’s mercy surround us with the air of a cohesive, smooth operating, & efficient Poll Workers Team. Even when a rush of voters (4 or more voters at one time) would crowd the Polling facility, never a nerve got rattled nor a hair get frizzed! I could feel God’s hand directing, supporting, calming, & blessing us with the strength & stamina to perform from 5:30am to 9:30pm processing many voters through the various complex choices devised for this Presidential Primary! God is so good!

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