Today's Prayer Dear Father in Heaven, You are Sovereign, Our Lord God Almighty. I pray that your hand will be upon those who the majority of American citizens have chosen to lead this great nation. I pray that our leaders who are Christians will be encouraged and rely on the strength and guidance of your Holy Spirit. I pray that those who are not Christians will see your work in the lives of those who are, that they will recognize the need for your help and your blessing, and that they will feel their need for the Savior. I pray that all will have wisdom and work together to solve the problems we face, the crises that come, and the many decisions that must be made. I pray for protection for our leaders and our country. I pray for our people to remain united. I pray for your Spirit to knock on the doors of every heart. And I pray for your mercy. Thank you, Father. In the name of Jesus, amen.
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2, by Os Hillman
"But Naaman went away angry and said, 'I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the LORD his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my leprosy'" (2 Kings 5:11-12).
Naaman was an army general who needed healing from Leprosy. A young servant girl of the king's house suggested that the prophet Elisha could heal him. He followed her advice and Elisha sent a message to him to do the following: "Go, wash yourself seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh will be restored and you will be cleansed" (2 Kings 5:10). However, when the instruction came as to what he was to do, it seemed ridiculous to him.
Like many of us, Naaman expected God to perform his miracle through Elisha in a dramatic and "religious" way. Sometimes we fail to recognize that God can work through a simple act of obedience that seems unrelated to the problem. God told Joshua to walk around Jericho seven times to win the battle. He told a man to put mud on his eyes to be healed. He told Peter to catch a fish to get a coin to pay his taxes.
There are other times God calls us to use the natural to receive a breakthrough. Sometimes we simply need to change our diet or go see a doctor to see a breakthrough in our health. Sometimes we need to change the way we are doing our work to get a breakthrough in our careers.
Samuel the prophet told King Saul that obedience is better than sacrifice. Learning to listen to the Lord and following His instruction is the key to success in God. Sometimes God chooses the dramatic and sometimes He chooses the ordinary. In either case, both are miracles because God is the God over all creation.
Ask Him what steps you are to take for your breakthrough.