The Lord spoke to Abraham and said that Sarah, his wife who was 90 years old, would have a son. Sarah laughed, thinking that was impossible. The Lord said, “Is anything too hard for the Lord?” (Gen. 18:14).
Think in your own life, is there anything you are facing that you deem too hard for the Lord?
Several weeks ago, I talked with a close colleague about a personnel need we have in MentorLink. I said, “I don’t think the Lord can do that.” Immediately I realized what I had said and said to him, “I am embarrassed at what I said.” Then I said, “The Lord can do that, but it will be a miracle.”
A year later, Sarah had a son. A miracle happened and the Lord showed that nothing is impossible for Him.
I know at least one miracle I am waiting on Him for. What miracles do you look to the Lord to do in your life?
The verse has been running through my head for several weeks now.
“And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other Name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)
Last week I was with friends converted from Islam. A number of them shared how they came to Jesus, were rejected by their families and had their lives threatened because of their conversion.
For a Muslim to convert to Jesus is life-threatening, but they willingly do this because they know Jesus is the Way – they know there is no other Name.
Take a few minutes to pray for the Lord of the harvest to bring millions more Muslims into His Kingdom. Pray also for workers you know who labor among Muslim peoples.
This is the time of the year that I typically do a lot of reflection on the past year and spend some time thinking about what may be coming in the new year. Perhaps you are like me. Here are some questions that can assist in looking forward:
- What do I want to see the Lord do in my life now and perhaps in the coming year?
- What are some of the burdens I have for my family, friends and ministry? How does the Lord want me to pray for these?
- Is there one verse or promise that I want to pray for in my life in the coming year?
- What am I anxious about as I think of the coming year?
These are suggestive questions. I really am not advocating detailed planning for the new year. I read in James this morning words of caution and perspective that brings focus to our hopes and plans.
“Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit’ — yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.’ As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.” (James 4:13-17)
May you see His amazing grace and goodness in the coming year.
David wrote Psalm 143 in a time of trouble.
His prayer then is relevant to me and perhaps you.
“Let me hear in the morning
of your steadfast love,
for in you I trust.
Make me know the way I should go,
for to you I lift up my soul.
from my enemies, O LORD!
I have fled to you for refuge.
Teach me to do your will,
for you are my God!
Let your good Spirit lead me
on level ground!
For your name’s sake,
preserve my life!
In your righteousness
bring my soul
out of trouble!”
Take a few minutes to read and reflect on these verses. How do they apply to you?
How do they encourage you?
In a spirit of prayer to the Lord, re-read these verses making them your prayer.