God’s Word, the Bible, contains some powerful promises and what we do with them has major implications in our lives.
A young teenage boy had just received his driver’s license. When he got home, he asked his father, a pastor, if they could talk about the use of the car. His father took him into his study and said, "I’ll make a deal with you. If you bring up your grades, study your Bible a little, and get a haircut, then we’ll talk about the use of the car."
After about a month, the son came back and again asked his father about the use of the car. They again went to the father’s study where his father said, "Son, I’ve been so very proud of you. You have brought up your grades, you’ve studied your Bible diligently, but you didn’t get your haircut." The young man waited a moment and replied, "Dad, I’ve been thinking about that. You know, Samson had long hair, Moses had long hair, Noah had long hair, even Jesus had long hair..." His father interrupted him at that point and said, "Yes son, and they walked everywhere they went!"
The man in John 4 took Jesus at His word. He knew Jesus healed the sick, so why couldn’t his dying son be healed? He knew that when Jesus declared a fact, it was so. The story continues telling us this man was met by some of his employees on his journey back home with the news that his boy had lived! What if the father had not gone to Jesus? What if the journey was too difficult or the search to challenging?
Pani, a blind woman exemplifies this kind of faith. She was listening to the Jesus film in her village as those with their sight were watching. Pani was greatly moved when she heard on the film that Jesus restored the sight of a blind man. When Pani heard these words she cried out, “I want to receive my sight too.” At the conclusion of the film a miracle took place, Pani could see! Jesus restored her sight!
Take up one of the following applications today:
1. What challenge are you facing in your life and what can God do about that? Search His Word for that promise, like the man searched for Jesus for his son and ask God to do it.
2. What have you quit praying for? Jesus taught us that persistence pays off. Pick that up that promise and pray again. Don’t let it die.
3. Do you know someone who needs you to pray for them today? Take a moment to do that and then let them know with a simple text message to encourage them that God is at work in their lives.