Day 22 of 40-Day Prayer Challenge
”I will place a wool fleece on the threshing floor.” Judges 6:37
When God called Gideon to become a judge in Israel, he was filled with insecurity. When the angel addressed him as “mighty warrior,” I bet Gideon looked over his own shoulder to see who he was talking to because there was no way it could be him! He thought God was making a mistake. “How an I rescue Israel? My clan is the weakest in the whole tribe of Manasseh, and I am the least in my entire family!” But God answered, “I will be with you.”
That’s all that we need to know, isn’t it? If we could come to grips with 2 fundamental truths, they would transform our lives: God is with us, and God is for us. That’s all you ever need to know. God is with you, and God is for you.
The angelic encounter wasn’t enough for Gideon. He needed more confirmation, so he devised a test. He put a fleece before the Lord not once but twice. And God patiently reassured Gideon because Gideon asked out of genuine humility
There are moments when we need to turn our desires, ideas, and dreams into prayer fleeces. Now, we have to be very careful when it comes to putting fleeces before the Lord. Generally speaking, signs don’t precede our steps of faith, signs follow. But there are occasions when it’s OK to ask God for confirmation because of our uncertainty. I don’t think we should do it often, and we shouldn’t approach it in a haphazard manner.
So here are a few cautions when it comes to fleeces. First, if God has already answered your question in Scriptures, then you don’t need to even ask it. Don’t seek revelation when God has already given it. Second, check your motives to make sure they aren’t selfish. The fleece must come out of a genuine desire to honor God and do His will. Third, you have to be willing to accept whatever answer you receive without second-guessing it.
What to Pray? The Haiti team leaves on Sunday night. Pray for safety and that God’s will will be done.
June 23, 2018