Mary and I had been on a long trip. We had been driving for hours. We arrived home in the midst of a storm. The wind seemed to be coming from every direction and the rain was cold and biting. We sat in our car for a moment looking at our home that was dark and empty. I left the lights on in the car and made my way up the steps, turned on the lights and turned up the thermostat. Suddenly, what had once been dark and dismal was now warm and welcoming.
Although our home was cold and dark, power was available to eliminate the darkness and provide energy for warmth. But it was necessary for me to do “something” to change things.
In a spiritual sense, this is true of prayer. The writer of Psalm 118 was in a situation where he desperately needed help. He knew there was a source of power that was beyond himself that he could go to if he chose to. And he did! Hear his words: “In my anguish I cried to the Lord and He answered me by setting me free!”
The prayer of faith is far more powerful than any source of power we know about. It is the greatest force for good that is available to man.
It was Jesus who challenged us to go to this Source of power for anything and everything: “You may ask me for anything in my name and I will do it!” Jesus set no limits on what we might ask for as long as it is in keeping with His nature and character. Whatever we ask for, if it will bring honor and glory to His name, He will give us.
Prayer: Help us, Father, to take Your challenge to pray for anything that we might need as long as it honors You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Psalm 118:5 When hard pressed, I cried to the Lord; he brought me into a spacious place.