Thursday, September 1, 2016

A Discouraging Day

It began with a toaster that didn’t work. Then the washing machine stopped in the middle of a large load of soiled clothes and dirty water. The garbage disposal quit and the sink backed up. Deciding to take a walk outside to get the mail, Bev looked up at the clouds and shook her head.
Opening the one letter she found in the mail box, she was overwhelmed when she discovered a bill that she could not pay. Her husband hadn’t worked for two months. He was laid-off when work slowed down at the factory.
Walking back into the house she picked up her young toddler, placed him on her lap, hugged him tightly and began to cry. Suddenly he struggled in her arms and when he got loose and without saying a word, took the pacifier from his mouth and placed it in hers.
He felt her pain and reached out, giving her all that he had.
If a child can feel our sorrow, how much more can our Heavenly Father feel our pain? Whatever concerns us concerned Him first. Certainly, then, our problems become His priorities.
That is why Jesus said, “You can ask for anything in My name, and I will do it.” Need a toaster or washer, a plumber or job, God is bigger than any of them. No wonder, then, that Jesus said “ask for anything.”
Prayer: We ask, Lord, that You will increase our faith to exceed the size of our problems. May we take You at Your Word – in faith, believing in Your promises. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: John 14:13-14 “And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name and I will do it.”

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