(10.28.21–You Have To Pray! –2 Corinthians 1:11)
My friend, may I ask you a question? Do we pray sometimes; content with God's "regular" answers to prayer, unwilling to deal with His miracles He often has in store for us?
My friend, Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day.
I'm M. Clifford Brunner.
Do you believe in miracles or are your content with regulars? Most of us are content with regular stuff like dumb luck or good fortune. For example, the other day I happened to get to the office later than usual, knowing that all of the parking spaces are normally filled if you happen to get there later than 7:15. But, there it was: a prime parking spot right across the street from the office entrance. “A miracle!” I thought. Was it? No, it was good fortune or just dumb luck. It didn’t matter; I was happy with that. For the moment I didn’t have a great need for God to intervene.
Is that how we pray sometimes; content with God's "regular" answers to prayer, unwilling to deal with His miracles?
Here's a true, miracle story: An African orphans' mission was in dire need of a hot water bottle. So they did what they always did when in need: they prayed. The administrator asked the children for suggestions of things to pray about and told them about a tiny baby that had just come to the mission that could use a hot water bottle to keep warm. During the prayer time, one little girl, Ruth, prayed with blunt conciseness. "Please, God; send us a hot water bottle. It'll be no good tomorrow; the baby may die, so please send it this afternoon." The administrator gasped at the audacity of the prayer as Ruth added, "And please send a dolly for the little baby so she knows You love her?" The administrator said, "Amen" with misgivings. However, later that afternoon a parcel arrived. She opened it and lifted out brightly colored, knitted jer- seys. Then there were bandages followed by a box of mixed raisins and crackers. Then she grasped and pulled out a brand-new hot water bottle! She had not asked God for it; and had not truly believed He would. Ruth rushed forward, crying, "If God sent the bottle, He must have sent the dolly, too!" Rummaging down to the bottom of the box, she pulled out the small, beautifully dressed dolly. She had never doubted. That parcel had been on the way for five whole months. Packed up by a Sunday school class who obeyed God's prompting to send a hot water bottle. And one of the girls had put in a dolly for an African child–five months before–in answer to the believing prayer of a ten-year-old to bring it "that afternoon." (Author unknown. If anyone has a proprietary interest in this story please authenticate and I will be happy to credit, or remove, as the circumstances dictate.)
God promises that "before (we) call I will answer; while (we) are speaking I will hear (Isaiah 65:24). I guess that takes prayer completely out of the dumb luck or good fortune category, doesn't it? It makes miracles real. There is never a need to settle for a "regular" God when He is able to say, "yes" even before we know "what." Never be shy to ask God for a miracle if you have need of one. As it turns out, it may already be in the mail.
We pray. Heavenly Father, You promise that "before (we) call You will answer; while (we) are speaking You will hear (Isaiah 65:24). We are so blessed that our prayers are never based on luck or good fortune. Every prayer Lord is a miracle. Thanks! Forgive us Father when we are willing to settle for a "regular" God when You are able and willing to say, "yes" even before we know "what." Encourage us by Your Spirit to never be shy to ask You for a miracle if we have need of one. Help us to remember daily that there are always miracles in the mail if in prayer we believe that. Jesus name we pray—for sure. Amen!
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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