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A Word for Today – Luke 5:1-7 (KJV)

And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret,

And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets.

And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon’s, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship.

Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.

And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.

And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake.

And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink.

The Water Shall Come

2 Kings 3:17 (KJV)

For thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not see wind, neither shall ye see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, that ye may drink, both ye, and your cattle, and your beasts.

Despite the drought like conditions that we may live in from time to time, Christians have reason to remain hopeful.  Scripture tells us that despite being in a drought, God can still make the water come.

Nothing is impossible for God.  He can do whatever He pleases.  As long as we remain faithful to God, we are connected to the One who can meet all of our needs.

Special Delivery

Proverbs 25:25 (NIV)

Like cold water to a weary soul is good news from a distant land.

Mark 16:14-16 (NIV)

Later Jesus appeared to the Eleven as they were eating; he rebuked them for their lack of faith and their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen him after he had risen. He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.

For many years, I have participated in athletics.  I played basketball, soccer and studied karate. As I got older, running up and down the playing field got harder and harder. Sometimes, after just a few minutes of play, I would be in dire need of water. After expending so much energy on the playing field, a drink of water supplied my body with great satisfaction.

Scripture tells us that good news from a far away place provides refreshment similar to that which cold water brings to someone who is thirsty. Christians have access to good news that is life changing. The Good News of Jesus Christ furnishes the best refreshment for a weary soul.

When we are exhausted by the difficulties of life, we can find relief in the Word of God. The Word of God nurtures, comforts and saves. Through prayer and fellowship with God, we take delivery of God’s good news.

Tap into the Power of Prayer

Angel Praying

James 5:16 NIV

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.  The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.

If you are like most people, it may seem like there is never enough time to do all of the things we need to do.  Just thinking about all of the things we don’t have time to do can give us a headache and make us sick.  However, there are some things that, if we are to live successfully, we must make time to do.  On the top of that to do list should be prayer.

It is in prayer that we communicate with God and can share all of our concerns and feelings with Him.  I believe that God desires to not only know what we want but also what we feel.  When the pains and burdens of life begin to weigh us down, we should open up the communication line to God through prayer.  In prayer, God can reassure us, speak to us about our problems and provide us with direction.  Prayer is our lifeline.

When I find myself overwhelmed by the burdens of life, I often stop to think about my prayer life.  I ask myself if I am praying enough.  I ask myself if I have sincerely sought direction from God.  During the rough times, I find that I could usually stand to pray a little more.

James 5:16 tells us that the prayers of the righteous are powerful and effective.  The first thought that comes to my mind is “what does it mean to be righteous?”  One definition of righteous offered by dictionary.com is “acting in an upright, moral way; virtuous: a righteous and godly person.”  In other words, a righteous person is someone who lives right according to God’s commandments.  Deuteronomy 5:29 tells us that the way for us and our children to live a good life forever is to keep all of God’s commands.  This is what a righteous person strives to do.  From this, we can understand that step one to praying powerful and effective prayers is to live righteously.

Step two for praying powerful and effective prayers is to be persistent in our prayers.  1 Thessalonians 5:17 says that we have to pray without ceasing.  We cannot give up on our prayers.  Even when we may have been praying for a long time for something to manifest in our lives, we must continue to pray until we receive an answer from God.  We must be tenacious in our prayers until God speaks to us about our situation.  There is a saying that I really like that says we should P.U.S.H.  That is we should pray until something happens.  We should never give up on our prayers because there is tremendous power in prayer.

Scripture also tells us that our prayers should be fervent.  This means that we should be intense in our prayers and should pray with passion.  I believe that God wants to hear our honest, sincere and heartfelt prayers.  It is through praying in this manner that we pursue a real relationship with God.  It is awesome to understand that God wants to know us intimately.

Although there is tremendous power in prayer, we should understand that the power in our prayers is not due to our holiness or goodness but is due to the power and grace of God.  It is by God’s grace that our prayers become effective.  Isn’t it good to know that it is not by our strength but by His strength that prayer changes the circumstances in our lives?  If you strive to live righteously, pray persistently and with sincerity and passion, God can do some wonderful things in response to our prayers.

More Than Greek Alphabets

Greek Bible Text

Revelation 21:6 NIV
He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life.

Scripture tells us that the steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord. Through prayer, our desires are born. God wants to fulfill every step, every goal, every accomplishment that He sets in our heart. In this way, all of our good works start with God. If this is the case, then we should have peace in knowing that what God begins He can and will certainly finish.

When we follow what God places in our heart, we can be sure of a good conclusion. Although it may seem as though the seed that He plants in our heart is not much, we don‘t know what the full maturity of that seed may be. That seed may grow to become a blessing that not only fills our basket but also overflows to fill the baskets of others. If we are obedient to the Word of God and follow through with the desires and plans that He places within our spirit, we can have great expectation that what begins as a small seed may become an abundance of blessings. We would do well to remember that big things are born of small things. A chicken is first an egg. A tree springs forth from just one seed. A great and mighty king begins his life as a helpless baby. Taking that first step of faith is how big dreams come to pass.

Don’t let fear of change, fear of others opinions, or even the fear of success stop you from beginning a good work. The result is not in our hands. The result belongs to God.

Along the way, we may get tired, overwhelmed, anxious or afraid. However, we can find refreshment in God’s water well. He will refresh us when we are thirsty so that we can continue with His plans. When the path gets rough and the journey gets long, remember that God is both the initiator and the completer. He will bring His desires for us to a good conclusion.

Pray over the things you believe God has placed in your heart. Turn those ideas over to Him and await His instructions. If the Holy Spirit directs you to start, go ahead and take the first step in faith. Remember that God is the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End.