Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Complete joy!

Today’s Reading: John 16:24 (NIV)

24 [Jesus said,] “Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.”

Good morning!

I’ve been reading in my Old Testament Class about the miraculous rescue of the Hebrew people from slavery in Egypt. It is a story that never grows old. I couldn’t help but notice how every miracle begins with a sincere cry for help. It was the Israelite’s repeated prayers that prompted the Lord to enlist the services of His servant Moses by arranging a forty-year tour to the Promised Land. It was their deep longing for salvation that led the Lord to part the Red Sea waters, as His people crossed over from Egypt, fully protected, into the desert. When they became hungry and thirsty, the Lord provided manna and quail and water out of a rock as an answer to their need. This is a living witness to every day miracles in the making. God answers His people when we ask Him for help. What have you asked God for this week? Have you seen the answer to your prayers?

Tuesday nights are quickly becoming my favorite night of the week. I am watching a miracle unfold before my very eyes; so incredible, it is hard to describe on paper. At the Loft last night, I watched in wonder as students from all over the Lindenwood campus led Christian worship through music, poetry and testimony. It was a great night – we ran out of food and water and had to make an extra grocery store run. This is a very good thing! There is an incredible hunger for the Lord here, and we are witnessing the evidence of Christ’s love for all who came to share.

It was just a few short months ago that we joined hands and hearts with several churches in our neighborhood to pray together and offer ourselves as a living witness to share Jesus Christ with the student body on the Lindenwood college campus. As I sat on the sofa last night listening to the music inspired by the Lord God Almighty Himself, I realized that these students were here, sharing their faith with me. I was the recipient of an answered prayer; a witness to a real miracle in the making. The joy I experienced last night in my heart will stay with me for the rest of my life.

What happens when we choose to put our complete and total trust in the Lord? Jesus said that we should always ask for what we need in His name. When we ask in the name of Jesus, we will receive the Father’s answer and our joy will be made complete. He isn’t kidding!

Are you ready for His miracle? Ask, in Jesus’ name, and see what the Father will do through you.

Grace and peace,

Deb Spaulding

Faith UMC - St. Charles, MO


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