At all times we are to lift up our eyes to the Lord proclaiming our praise,
thankfulness, and gratitude for God's faithful and consistent love that is
everlasting. We are to see the Lord as our loving Father who wishes to
lift us up higher than we were before and meet our every need according to
His perfect will for our lives. The Bible declares in Luke 12:32 “Fear
not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the
kingdom.” The Lord wishes to give us every good and perfect gift, but we
must ask, seek and knock and let our requests be made known to the Lord.
Be encouraged to seek the Lord in prayer and whatever desire is laid upon
your heart, ask the Lord for it earnestly and by faith believe that you
will receive what you have asked for. (Psalm 121:1-8) (Philippians 4:6-7)
I hope today's message encourages your heart to make prayer a daily part of
your life where giving thanks and letting your needs be made known unto God
are a daily communion between you and the Lord.
THE RED GERANIUM
It was the day before my mother's seventy sixth birthday and I still hadn't
made up my mind what to give her. She was living in a nursing home and
couldn't have a lot of personal things with her.
I finally called my sister to see what she thought. She told me that she'd
heard our mother say she would love a red geranium but she hadn't seen any
that were big enough for a lovely gift.
As I drove home from work that afternoon I whispered a short prayer; “Lord,
I need something extra special for my Mom's birthday, something cheerful,
that I can afford. Something that will last awhile.”
My purse was pretty flat. The greenhouse was on my way home so I pulled
in and parked. I trudged wearily up the slight incline and pushed the door
open and went in.
Facing me, sat the prettiest red geranium I had ever seen! It had four
large clusters in full bloom, and, on closer inspection, I saw four more
clusters just budding out. I breathed my, “Thank you, Lord!” and wondered
why I was so surprised.
“How much is it?” I asked the girl at the counter. And she answered, “Four
fifty, plus a dollar if you want it wrapped,”
“It's an answer to a prayer,” I told her. “All the geraniums I've seen are
bedding plants.” And as I signed the card, she tucked a red ribbon bow at
the base of the plant.
I could hardly wait to deliver it and when I walked into her room, her
smile said it all! She was as excited as if I'd given her an expensive
treasure. “I've wanted one for so long...Oh, honey, it's so beautiful! Did
you see the buds?”
I told her it was an answer to a prayer...and she raised her eyes toward
heaven and breathed a quiet “Thank You Lord!”
The flowers bloomed on and on, and new clusters of buds formed.
God is so good!
By Eva Young
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Luke 11:9-10 Jesus declares “And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given
you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For
every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him
that knocketh it shall be opened.”
Philippians 4:6-7 “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and
supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your
hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Mark 11:24-26 Jesus declares “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever
ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have
them. And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any:
that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.
But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven
forgive your trespasses.”
1 Chronicles 16:8-13 “Give thanks unto the LORD, call upon His name, make
known His deeds among the people. Sing unto Him, sing psalms unto Him, talk
ye of all His wondrous works. Glory ye in His Holy Name: let the heart of
them rejoice that seek the LORD. Seek the LORD and His strength, seek His
face continually. Remember His marvellous works that He hath done, His
wonders, and the judgments of His mouth; O ye seed of Israel His servant,
ye children of Jacob, His chosen ones.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: OUR MASTER CAN
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/enpoem126.htm
Today’s Selected Testimony: JESUS IS THE FAITHFUL PROVIDER
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony96.htm
In Christ’s Service,
Gods Work Ministry