"But the LORD said to Moses, “Don’t limit my power! You will see that I can do what I say I can do" (Numbers 11:23).
There was once a widow who had been pushed to the edges. Her late husband had left her debts and creditors wanted to take her two boys as slaves as she had run out of funds (II Kings 4:1). Down, this widow heard there was a man of God called Elisha. She went up to him. Elisha heard her misery and gave her a most unusual plan to help her out of her fix. He told her to go out and collect jars of oil and after pour her little oil in one jar after another. After, "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" ( vv 7).
A twist to this story is the woman had run out of jars, yet Elisha had warned her, "Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don’t ask for just a few" ( vv 3). Yet she didn't listen and limited God. For "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" (6).
In as much as it is to her credit to have turned to God in the midst of her misfortune, yet she had limited God with her selection of fewer jars. The scriptures say that our "God is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think" (Ephesians 3:20). Sometimes we are the ones who limit God, as we see this widow.
The lesson here is as we see with this widow let us never hesitate to go to God. He is deeply interested in our affairs to the very least. Yet let us not constrain the arm of God, but go to Him confidently knowing his power is immeasurable to do good.
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, I come to you in full confidence that you you help deliver me from this situation with your power which is limitless, this I pray in Jesus's name.
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“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God”- (Philippians 4:6).
Perhaps you have heard of a certain old magical trade known as mind reading. According to this trade which has been around for millenniums and has its share of tricksters, mind readers are able to discern thought patterns of individuals before they even utter a word. There are places in the world where this, as expected, is a lucrative occupation, with practitioners, often crafty magicians, demanding hefty fees, just to tell thoughts of others.
As Christians, of course, we have an all knowing God, who has said, “Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him” ( Mathew 6:8). Further, our Lord has pointed out, “And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words” ( Mathew 6:7). As Christians when we come to God, we do so with full confidence, that He already knows our needs and will meet them according to his glorious riches in heaven.
Of particular interest for us here is that while God perfectly knows our needs before we even dare utter a single word, still it is incumbent upon us to make our requests known to Him. A parent may have long noticed a child has a need for a new pair of shoes; but it is another dimension, when the child does come out and share aloud that his pair is worn out, hurting and is quite in need of a new one. The parent takes notice, especially when the matter is presented with such conviction and urgency. This is why Hannah cried out to God for a child ( 1 Samuel 1:9-18).
In our relationship with God, as the Apostle Paul advises us, it is not just enough to assume and let matters be, that after all God knows all our needs, but we too bear a responsibility to make our requests known to Him. Once we are done with that, we let God do His part, allowing “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding” ( Philippians 4:7) to flood us.
So, today, do not hold back your needs from the Almighty God. He has paved the way to walk to Him through His son Jesus Christ, to present your case, bear out your heart’s desire, and let Him do His part!
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I rise to make my requests known to you, knowing you have heard me even before I utter a single word, assured that you will meet each and every one of my needs, according to your glorious riches in heaven!