IDOK Devotion for Tuesday, March 23, 2010
As I was ironing today I watched Christian television and I heard a prominent host say, ‘back in those days we prayed the light bulbs into the studio.’ They were reminiscing about tight budgets, making do with what they had, praying about everything, even light bulbs. Why? — Because in those days they had no supplier but God. What a blessed state to be in: to experience that God alone supplies our needs! What would happen if today Christian Churches all over the land knew our only supplier is God? What if we were not rich? What if we were not prominent? What if we were not so privileged, would we pray for light bulbs? And would those bare light bulbs give off a glow that crystal chandeliers cannot match? Are we so rich, are we so privileged that we only recognize our need for God when we hit a brick wall of disease, illness, political unrest, divorce, rebellious children or prolonged and drastic stock market downturns? Do you think even the super saints of today compared to Paul and Silas are mediocre? And if so where does that leave me? Is it because we don’t ‘need’ to pray for light bulbs anymore? Now before you jump on me, I realize that homelessness could be only a few paychecks away for many of us. Yet here in America, at least for now, even the homeless are privileged when compared to most of the world’s population. I am quick to admit; I like comfort as well as anybody and probably dislike discomfort as much as anybody. I’m just wondering. I’m just pitching it out here: Do you think we could circumvent the need for the ‘Blessing of Less’ if we started now praying for our ‘light bulbs’? I’m just saying given the option of learning of my own volition to be content like Paul or DADDY having to ‘convince’ me, I’d like to start my ‘circumvent classes’ right now. I’d rather not wait for the ‘convincing’. How about you?
Philippians 4:11 Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: 12 I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. 18 Indeed I have all and abound. I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things sent from you, a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God. 19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. 20 Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.
DADDY GOD, You know the day each of us have had; You know our successes and You know our failures. We appreciate the successes and we give You praise for each one; the failures we give those to You too trusting You to bring something good out of them. We pray for protection and safety for our IDOK Troops. Thank You so much for the way You have watched over them these many years. Thank You for entrusting this ministry of prayer to us. We appreciate it and we pray to honor You with it. We pray to be effective. We pray to be people whose prayers avail much. Rest the weary I pray. Heal the sick; rescue the perishing and put up roadblocks for those having made wrong turns. Correct our thinking; drive far from us those things that we practice that dishonor You; draw us together as a family; give us servant hearts; give us hearts that weep with those who weep and rejoice with those who rejoice. And, LORD, arrest bad behavior; set captives free in Jesus name. Amen and amen.