Day 7 of 40-Day Prayer Challenge
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They went forth and preached every where, the Lord…confirming the word with signs following. Mark 16:20
When the Israelites were on the verge of entering the Promised Land, which God had promised them, God commanded the priests to step into the river. At flood tide, the Jordan River was approximately 200 feet wide. That was all that separated the Israelites from their 400-year-old promise! Their dream was practically a stone’s throw away. But if the priests hadn’t stepped into the river, they may well have spent the rest of their lives on the eastern banks of the Jordan River.
And that’s where many of us spend our lives. We’re so close to the dream, so close to the promise, so close to the miracle. But we’re waiting for God to part the river, while God is waiting for us to get our feet wet. We’ll never see God part the Jordan River if our feet are firmly planted on dry ground. But if we step into the river, God will part it.
The last two words of Mark’s gospel are “signs following.” We wish it said “signs preceding.” We want God to go first. That way we don’t need to exercise any faith at all. But we’ve got it backward. If we want to see God move, we need to make a move. If it seems like God isn’t moving in our lives, maybe it’s because we aren’t moving. But if we make a move, God will move heaven and earth to honor our faith.
This isn’t some “name it, claim it” scheme. If it’s not in the will of God, if it’s not for the glory of God, it’s a waste of time and energy. But if the dream is ordained by God, then our step of faith honors God. And God will honor your faith. Think of it as a down payment on your dream!
What to Pray? Pray for students and teachers as this week is STARR testing. Pray that your faith will make you step out on what God has promised you.
May 15, 2018