Apr 9, 2019

Pray and Prepare....

Are y'all still with me on our reading plan? Raise your hand.

Just kidding.

But, really. I am fascinated by the Old Testament. Can we just shorten it to the OT for the sake of this post? Ok, good.

So, today we find ourselves in the middle of the OT in 2 Kings. We come across a prophet by the name of Elisha.

In a span of 4 chapters, God uses Elisha to perform 9 miracles. NINE.

We don't really talk about miracles anymore, do we?

I mean, sometimes we do. But do we really, really, really expect God to still perform miracles in our everyday mundane little lives?

We SHOULD.

Here is why....

Nothing has changed. He is still the same. Yesterday, today, and tomorrow...the same God.

"Is anything too hard for the Lord?' Genesis 18:14

"Nothing is impossible with God" Luke 1:37

But, are we preparing ourselves to receive a miracle.

Think about this.

What miracle do you need?

Are you preparing for it?

Read about the poor widow in 2 Kings 4.

The wife of a man from the company of the prophets cried out to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that he revered the Lord. But now his creditor is coming to take my two boys as his slaves.”
Elisha replied to her, “How can I help you? Tell me, what do you have in your house?”
“Your servant has nothing there at all,” she said, “except a small jar of olive oil.”
Elisha said, “Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don’t ask for just a few. Then go inside and shut the door behind you and your sons. Pour oil into all the jars, and as each is filled, put it to one side.”
She left him and shut the door behind her and her sons. They brought the jars to her and she kept pouring. When all the jars were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another one.”
But he replied, “There is not a jar left.” Then the oil stopped flowing.
She went and told the man of God, and he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debts. You and your sons can live on what is left.”

Pay attention here. What did the widow do?

She prepared for the miracle. 

She had a responsibility.

She didn't just moan and groan waiting and pleading...she prepared.

Or, how about in 2 King 5. The healing of a man named Naaman.

Elisha told him to bathe in the Jordan river 7 times to be healed from leprosy.

God could have just healed him on the spot. But, He didn't.

Naaman had a job. To prepare for the miracle.

This takes radical faith. RADICAL FAITH.


Friend, what miracle are you asking God for?

Pray, Pray, Pray and Pray some more.

And then, prepare.

It will seem crazy to you, yes, it should and it will.

Prepare anyway.

I wonder if we are missing out on miracles because we are not prepared to receive them?

Are you ready?

Me too.

Pray. Prepare. Pray. Prepare.



collecting empty jars,



jill



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