“But Abram said, ‘O Sovereign Lord, what can you give me since I remain childless and the one who will inherit may estate is Eliezer of Damascus?’ And Abram said, ‘You have given me no children; so a servant in my household will be my heir.’ Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness.” (Genesis 15:2-3, 6)
Abram expressed his deepest concerns to God, resulting in a relationship of faith. Prayer is genuine dialogue concerning life’s largest problems.
With just five Hebrew words this verse (v6) summarizes the Old Testament understanding of he salvation relationship. Humans hear God’s promise and believe (Hebrew – he’emin), that is lean on God or trust His word. God credits faith as righteousness, just as a priest judged a sacrifice acceptable.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, Abram trusted You and he both leaned on his understanding of You and thus placed his faith completely in You. May we come to the same understanding that Abram did and place our faith in You alone. For it is in Your Son’s name that we pray. Amen.
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Not to accept Jesus on His terms, is to reject Him.”
“He picked up the cloak that had fallen from Elijah and went back and stood on the bank of the Jordan. Then he took the cloak that had fallen from him and struck the water with it. ‘Where now is the Lord, the God of Elijah?” he asked. When he struck the water, it divided to the right and to the left, and he crossed over.” (2nd Kings2:13-14)
Miracles strengthen the faith of God’s people. In rare instances God lets His people put Him to the test. This first of Elisha’s miracles appears to have been a test for he prophet. It is almost as if Elisha though some magic to be in Elijah’s cloak. He question, ‘Where now is the Lord the God of Elijah?, challenged God to action to verify his call as Elijah’s successor. Just as the waters parted for the Israelites at the sea in Egypt, God strengthened His prophet’s faith by parting the waters of the Jordan.
Just as the waters parted for the Israelites at the sea in Egypt, God strengthened His prophet’s faith by parting the waters of the Jordan. The outstanding characteristic of Elijah’s prayers had been faith. Elisha identified himself with Elijah’s God and Elijah’s faith. God indicated His commitment to Elisha by let him cross the Jordan as had Joshua.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord.” (James 1:5–8)
Beloved, God wants to supply what we lack. We should confidently ask Him. Doubts hinder our prayers from being answered.
We cannot expect to get things through the world’s way and through God’s. Total dependence and faith in God is the way of prayer.
SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:
“Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. She said to herself, ‘If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.’ Jesus turned and saw her. ‘Take heart, daughter,’ he said, ‘your faith has healed you.’ And the woman was healed from that moment.” (Matthew9:20–22)
Beloved, miracles can take place and sometimes in the most surprising way. This woman was quite obviously a woman of faith, because she already believed that if she could only touch the “edge” of his cloak, she would be healed.
As she reached out to touch his cloak, Jesus felt the power leaving Him. He turned and saw her. It doesn’t say it here, but many times it was said, Jesus felt compassion and I believe that is exactly what took place here. Because He gently said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was instantly healed. I believe this!