There, by the Ahava Canal, I proclaimed a fast, so that we might humble ourselves before our God and ask him for a safe journey for us and our children, with all our possessions. I was ashamed to ask the king for soldiers and horsemen to protect us from enemies on the road, because we had told the king, ‘The gracious hand of our God is on everyone who looks to him, but his great anger is against all who forsake him.’ So we fasted and petitioned our God about this, and he answered our prayer. (Ezra8:2123)

God’s grace calls forth our faith. He wants to provide for the needs of His people. Too often we are overconfident of our ability to supply our needs.

At times we need to be ashamed of our lack of reliance on God’s grace. Beloved, God loves us and He appreciates when we place our complete faith in Him, for He responds in His love and grace to fulfill our needs.


Precious Abba, when we come before You and recognize You as our Creator and provider, it please Him to provide for our needs, He may not give us all we might want, but He will take care of our real needs. Let our prayers, reveal our faith and dependence upon Him and then let us show our appreciation for His provisions by our praise and thanksgivings. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen


The joy of the Lord is our strength!


Again the lord spoke to Ahaz, ‘Ask the Lord your God for a sign, whether in the deepest depths or in the highest heights.’ But Ahaz said, ‘I will not ask; I will not put the Lord to the test.’ Then Isaiah said, ‘Hear now, you house of David! Is it not enough to try the patience of men? Will you try the patience of my God also? Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign” The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.’” (Isaiah 12:16)

At times God graciously gave a sign to confirm His word or His work (Exodus 3:12; 4:1-8; Judges 6:17-22). Ahaz’s refusal to ask was no affront to God’s gracious offer. Through the Prophet Isaiah, God gave Ahaz the sign he needed to believe.

Prayer is not a sinful lack of faith; rather prayer is trusting communication which God welcomes. How many times, beloved, have we desired a sign from God for our own lives, but were too stubborn or thought we were unworthy to ask Him? I suspect way too often. By the way, if it is being unworthy, you’re correct, and we never will be, but God loves us anyway. Don’t know how to talk to Him? Try getting on your knees and talking to Him. It really makes His day!


To keep me (Paul) from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, to that Christ’s power may rest on me.” (2nd Corinthians12:79)

Satan, not God, is the immediate cause of physical and emotional suffering. Satan gave Paul the thorn to torment him and divert him from faith and ministry. God allowed Satan to torment Paul and then used Satan’s instrument of torment to increase Paul’s faith.

This one of the rare cases in the Bible where God explains an answer of “no” to a prayer. God’s glory is not shown in human strength, Paul had such impressive struggles that God’s glory was best demonstrated by working through the unexpected—-human weakness. God’s ‘No’s” work to use us better to accomplish His perfect purposes.


So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, ‘Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.’” (John 11:4142)

Remember in Mark 7:34, when Jesus healed the deaf and mute man? Jesus looked to heaven and sighed a prayer as He healed the man. Healing through prayer is a possibility with God and the prayer doesn’t even need to be audible.

Once again, Jesus looked up and audibly prayed to the Father, for the benefit of those people around them. He acknowledged the Father as His source of healing power. Answered prayer calls forth thanks. Believers need never doubt. God hears and responds to prayer. Clear enough?

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