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Little Miracles by Mayada Naami

You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the peoples.

(Psalm 77:14, NIV)

Have you ever prayed for a miracle and had your prayers answered? What about the times you prayed for something and what you were asking for did not transpire? What happened? Do you ask yourself why didn’t God grant your request? How about all the everyday little miracles that we take for granted? Do we thank Him for all those little blessings? Sometimes, during a season of difficulties, we think He is not answering our prayers, but when we look back at the situation, years later, we realize He answered our prayers, after all.

He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted.

(Job 5:9, NIV)

Four years ago, a very dear friend and sister in Christ gave me a prayer box. It was my first prayer box, and I wondered why anyone would write their prayer down on paper and save it in a box? Nonetheless, I did believe in the power of praying so I went ahead and decided to use the box. I didn’t think writing my prayers down would make a difference, until one day, my box got so full, I decided to empty it. As I was emptying it, I was reading the prayers, and to my amazement every one of my prayers had been answered. I then realized I often focus on my problems, turn to God for help, and when He answers my prayers, I barely notice because I am so busy focusing on the next prayer request.

When I acknowledged that every single one of my prayers had been answered, I understood why it’s important to write them down. It’s to remind us of what a mighty God we serve. To give Him praise and worship for His faithfulness in every area of our lives. Even when we do not see Him working, He is working ALL things for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. We serve a mountain-moving God so no matter what you’re going through today, put your trust in Him, the Creator of heaven and earth. Pay attention to all your miracles, big or little, and give Him thanks and praise!

“This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘In a little while I will once more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land. I will shake all nations, and what is desired by all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory,’ says the Lord Almighty.

(Haggai 2:6-7, NIV)

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Rescuer by Lisa Burkhardt Worley

Have you ever felt overwhelmed?

Yesterday was one of those days where everything seemed to cave in. There were school and ministry deadlines, relationship issues and financial concerns. In the past couple of weeks I also had a friend whose brother died, and another who suddenly lost their young daughter. It was a lot weighing me down and I just needed to talk it through with someone, so I texted a couple of friends to get a feel for their availability. They were either under the weather or seemed busy. I had already prayed, so feeling a bit alone, I prayed more fervently.

In the New Living Translation, Psalm 17:6–7 gives us a beautiful image of how God hears our prayers. David said, “I am praying to you because I know you will answer, O God. Bend down and listen as I pray.” What if when we pray, we imagine God bending down close to hear what we have to say? Picture a loving dad crouching to hear his young daughter whisper in his ear— because He cares.

When we are at our very lowest, the LORD hears our prayers and responds with a lifeline.

In Psalm 18, David was also feeling like he needed God’s divine hand to save him. He said, “The ropes of death entangled me; floods of destruction swept over me. The grave wrapped its ropes around me; death laid a trap in my path” (Psalm 18:4–5, NLT). If we are honest, sometimes we all feel this way. But then David said, “But in my distress I cried out to the LORD; yes, I prayed to my God for help. He heard me from his sanctuary; my cry to him reached his ears.” And later in the Psalm David shares his victory: “He reached down from heaven and rescued me; he drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemies” (Psalm 18:16–17, NLT).

God is our rescuer.

In my case, he prompted a good friend to call me out of the blue because she wanted to talk. I listened to her, then she heard me out and I was able to share my struggles and pray with her for resolution to each of the issues I was dealing with.

Today is a new day and I am still afloat because I was rescued by a loving God who bent down to hear about what was troubling me. If you are going through something today, share it with the Father. I promise he will listen and will rescue you from the depths of despair.

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