“Abraham fell down; he laughed and said to himself, ‘Will a son be born to a man a hundred years old? Will Sarah bear a child at the age of ninety?’ And Abraham said to God, ‘If only Ismael might live under your blessing!’” (Genesis 17:17-18)
Abraham’s embarrassed laughter did not originate from unbelief; he attitude was the same as always, but God had most certainly surprised His servant.
The prayer that Ishmael might live indicated Abraham’s concern for his son and his submission to God’s will. Faith, beloved, means being ready to do things God’s way.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, Abraham and Sarah had been promised to bear a child a long, long time ago. It had been so long, that when told this was going to happen in their advanced ages, it must have absolutely taken them by surprise. They were known for their faith, and this was a test of it, but in the end, Abraham fell before the Lord facedown, to accept His Lord’s will. All this we pray in Jesus’ precious name. Amen.
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Only God can give all of Himself to everyone.”
“Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people both now and forevermore. The scepter of the wicked will not remain over the land allotted to the righteous, for then the righteous might use their hands to do evil. Do good, O Lord, to those who are good, to those who are upright in heart. But those who turn to crooked ways the Lord will banish with the evildoers. Peace be upon Israel.” (Psalm 125:1-5)
The psalmist declared the unshakability of faith and then made his petition. Thus personal prayer becomes public instruction as prayer expressed testimony to encourage others. Petition turns to blessing. No matter where you make your prayer or petition, God hears you. You may be thousands of miles from home, yet He hears and listens to what you seek. He is not limited to any location, at all. This you may believe.
“Prayer, Faith”: (Habakkuk) 3:1-19)
For two chapters Habakkuk had questioned God about the Babylonian threat. Now he asked God to demonstrate His power as He did in the Exodus (Exodus 14). The key to Habakkuk’s remarkable praise is the attitude of waiting. Regardless of circumstance, Habakkuk would praise the Lord. Praise is insisting on the greater, spiritual truth rather than relying on visible evidence. Reviewing God’s history with His people increases faith, brings spiritual insight, and encourages waiting for God’s new actions.
Second Thought of the Day:
“So I say to you: ‘Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks received; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. ‘Which of you fathers, if your son asks for fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?’” (Luke 11:9-12)
Asking suggests dependence; seeking suggests yearning; knocking suggests persistence. Jesus wanted to encourage faith. These verses should not be applied out of the context of the Sermon on the Mount. They are intended for those asking within the “narrow gate of Jesus’ followers.
In Matthew, the Father in heaven gives good gifts. Luke emphasized a much greater gift, the Holy Spirit. Luke has a strong emphasis on the Holy Spirit in his gospel. A chief goal in prayer is to be led by God’s Spirit.