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“By this time tomorrow….” 2 Kings 7:1

“This is a day of good news…!” 2 Kings 7:9

“Now all glory to God who is able through His mighty power at work within us to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think!” Ephesians 3:20

The nation of Israel was suffering a siege that left them starving. Food was astronomically expensive. One could purchase a donkey’s head for 80 pieces of silver, something along the lines of a year’s wages, most likely. If donkey head was not your cup of tea, how about a cup of dove dung? That sold for a mere 5 pieces of silver.

Some inhabitants of Samaria had resorted to cannibalism. It was bad, folks! The King blamed God’s servant Elisha, just as many people do who hate God. But when he sent his servant to chop off Elisha’s head (I wonder how much he was going to sell that for!), Elisha had a prophetic word: by this time tomorrow, everything will be as it was before the siege. The king’s servant scoffed incredulously at Elisha’s prediction. It was simply too good to be true.

What is too good to be true for you this Christmas season?

Yesterday I was listening to a Christmas music station, and they were giving away Christmas wishes. I heard the Holy Spirit say to me, “I can grant your Christmas prayer. What do you want for Christmas?”

So often we don’t ask for much because we don’t want to be disappointed. Well, then! That’s what we will get: not much. You see, we really do get what we have faith to expect.

Come! Let’s ask Big! We have a Big God! But let’s make sure we ask for what is aligned with His will and something that will further His purposes in our lives and in the world.

Father,

You know my heart’s desire! It is Big, Lord. You are all-powerful and equally as loving. You know that what my heart longs for. I am certain that it is your will, for I have searched your Word thoroughly and found it to be so.

I lay before you this burning desire! And I pray as David did,

O Lord, I am calling to you. Please hurry!

Listen when I cry to you for help!

I say, “You are my place of refuge.

You are all I really want in life…

You are good to me.”(Psalm 141:1, 142:5,7)

Lord, I believe with all my heart that by this time tomorrow things will be different than they are today. I receive my miracle, my Christmas gift from you! I receive it today as I received my salvation – instantly as I prayed. And I await the manifestation of this gift as a child does, knowing her gift is just waiting to be unwrapped.

I love you.

Amen.

“Alas, my master! What shall we do?”

So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” (2 Kings 6:15b,16)

You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. (1 John 4:4)

Perhaps you are facing a grave situation today that leaves you asking the age-old question, “What will we do?” Things seem hopeless and your confidence has expired with your strength.

Elisha has the answer to your poignant question. Three little words: “Do not fear.”

It may seem that the idea of not fearing is out of reach, counterintuitive, if not irresponsible. But keep reading… The truth of the matter is that you have more power at hand than you ever imagined.

Elisha prayed for the young man, that God would open his spiritual eyes to see the reality of what was around him. God did. Suddenly he saw that the hillside around them was completely amassed with hosts of angels, arrayed for battle on Elisha’s behalf.

My friend, God has you covered. If you have entered into covenant with Him, said, “Yes” to Jesus’ proposal to take Him as your Lord, then you get everything He has! Angels to protect you, wisdom to guide you, power to sustain you, joy in the midst of troubles, overcoming faith in the face of obstacles, and love! True love.

Father,

Open my eyes as you did Elisha’s friend, and show me the reality of the protection you have for me today. Help me to remember that you have already won these battles I am fighting, yet you have a part for me to play. My part is to believe in faith what you have said, to fight the good fight of faith with my declarations and my praise. Embed your truth so deeply into my heart that I become a person who is incapable of fear!

In Jesus’ Name Amen.

“It will be all right.” (2 Kings 4:23)

“It is well.” (2 Kings 4:26)

Elisha promised a son to a childless woman; he proclaimed this miracle and it came to pass exactly as he had predicted. But a few years later, tragedy struck. The little boy died. In her darkest moment, this mother, smitten with grief as any mother would be, declared a few startling words to her husband: “It will be all right.” She spoke faith with her words. Then she saddled a donkey and flew to find Elisha. Elisha saw her coming and knew immediately that something was very wrong. He sent his servant to run to meet her and find out. Her response to the question was a declaration of faith, “It is well.”

Was this woman prone to telling falsehoods? Things were not well nor were were they alright. This was the worst moment of her life. But when she had audience with the man of God, she told him the whole story. He went directly to her little boy and raised the dead.

When things look hopeless for us, we naturally rehearse and underscore the hopelessness with our words. Not so the woman from Shunem. She put her faith to work with her words. This is our challenge today: speak the Truth of the matter. As we’ve often heard Brother Kenneth Copeland say, “The Truth trumps the facts.” The facts may look grim, even hopeless, but the Truth that is found in God’s Word – His promises for my situation – are stronger, more potent, more real, and much more powerful than the grimmest situation I face today.

So elevate that Truth, magnify the Lord, and minimize the problem with your words.

Jesus,

I declare over the challenge I face today that, “It will be alright!” All is well because You are my God. You are bigger than any mountain I am facing. Nothing is too difficult for you. Everything is possible for those who believe. I believe! I celebrate the amazing power that you have put in my mouth. My tongue declares the truth, not merely the facts. For you are the Truth and the Truth sets me free.

In Jesus’ Name Amen

 

Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen. (Ephesians 3:20,21)

Father,

I give you all glory and praise! My heart and soul celebrate your power!

You are able. Lord, let those three words permeate my deepest being:  You. Are. Able. You are able and capable, yes. But, as a man once asked you, “Are you willing?” You answered unequivocally, “Yes!” Yes, you are willing and able where my needs are concerned!

As I present to you my cares and concerns, you will know that some of them are heavy on my heart. All of them are important to You, for your Word encourages me that the details of my life are dear to you.

Your ability to come to my aid is due to the mighty power working in me. So, Lord, work in me! Yes! I invite you with your power to work deeply, and through that mighty power at work in my spirit, get things done! With your power I will finish the tasks you have ordained for me to do since the beginning of time.

Father, please clarify those objectives! I so often zig zag through life, flitting here and there, and not always streamlining my priorities prayerfully. This is my prayer:  show me what to do; prioritize my moments, my goals, my world, my stuff, and my life. This way I can accomplish infinitely, unimaginably more than I would on my own. But I am not on my own! Hallelujah, I am Yours!

So I close this prayer the way I started:  I give you all glory! And all praise!

In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

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