Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Today is Your Best Day Because of Prayer (Part 3)
"What is the price of five sparrows? A couple of pennies? Yet God does not forget a single one of them. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don't be afraid; you are more valuable to Him than a whole flock of sparrows." Luke 12:6-7 NLT
How detailed is God's involvement in your life, and how detailed is He when it comes to answering prayer in your life? Perhaps the following account of answered prayer will help to explain.
When I was a young Christian, trusting God to answer prayer was a common occurrence. I felt that there wasn't a situation I faced that God was not able to handle. One day I decided to enjoy a picnic in the country with some friends. Before we left I went to the shop where I worked to ask a favor of my boss. At the time, our department was starting to manufacture a portable, gas-burning, outdoor cooking grill. "Would it be okay with you if I borrowed one of the new cooking grills to take on a picnic today?" I asked.
"It's fine with me," my boss answered. "However, the only one I have available is a new prototype model. You can use it, but be very careful with this tiny valve that operates the gas flow. It is the only valve we have in the shop at this time."
"No problem," I replied. "I will be very careful with it and bring back the grill by late afternoon."
I packed up the grill and put it in the front basket of my bike. My other friends carried the other picnic supplies on their bikes. It was a beautiful fall afternoon as we biked along the countryside. We soon saw a spot in the nearby woods that looked perfect for a picnic. We turned off the road and headed into the woods. The trees were turning color and leaves covered the ground all around us.
We had a great picnic, enjoyed each other's company for a couple of hours, packed up our things, and headed back. Upon returning, I headed for the shop to return the grill. When I brought it in to the shop and placed it on the display rack, I realized that the tiny valve was no longer attached to the grill. My heart sank. "What will I do?" I knew that I needed to find that valve and return it, but where could it be?
I left the shop and asked the Lord to help me find the missing valve. I didn't know where to look. I decided to retrace my steps back into the countryside. When I got to the place where we had turned off the road to have our picnic, I slowly pedaled my bike a short distance into the trees and got off. I started walking slowly over the leaf-covered ground, when an inner voice told me to stop and bend down. As I bent toward the ground I extended my hand in front of me, brushed back some leaves, and there before my eyes was the missing valve.
Today is your best day because God is in every detail, and nothing is too hard for Him.
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