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21 Days to Finishing Well
And the Lord, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed. Deuteronomy 31:8 KJV
Back in late November, our CFO, Allen Beltle, came to me with the news that we were facing a year-end deficit. It certainly wasn’t the biggest we have faced, but after six years of ending the year in the black, it was kind of daunting and disconcerting.
As I was praying, the Lord impressed upon my heart that He wanted us to trust Him for this deficit. As I was reading through the One Year Bible, I was at the point on my reading I read this verse: But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26
The question looming in my mind was this: do I really believe that God could provide this gigantic amount? Will I trust Him to do the impossible? Lord, the amount is $250,000!
We made a commitment to take 21 days and pray. We called on our partners not to give a specific amount, but to join us in crying out to God to provide in ways ONLY TRACEABLE TO HIS HAND so that HE WOULD GET THE GLORY.
Well on New Year’s Eve at our dinner concert, we were astounded when our CFO came up to hand me the envelope that God had not only provided the $250,000, but we are now around $288,000. The audience joined me in singing the doxology.
But that’s not the end of the story … As of Saturday, January 3rd, we are $2000 away from the total reaching $350,000!!!
In the January 4th reading of Streams in the Desert, I read these words:
“When you are confronted with a matter that requires immediate prayer, pray until you believe God – until with wholesome sincerity you can thank Him for the answer … never pray in a way that diminishes your faith … the type of prayer that diminishes us of faith frequently arises from focusing our thoughts on the difficulty rather than on God’s promises … Faith is not a sense, nor sight, nor reason, but simply taking God at His Word.”
The answer to this prayer is not about anything we did. The answer has only been traceable back to HIS hand.
I just thought this story would encourage you to keep on praying – keep on believing – keep on trusting.
What is the situation in your life right now is totally impossible? Are you willing to pray, believe and trust? – Dr. Bill Welte is President/CEO of America’s Keswick
Daily Bible Reading: Genesis 13-15; Romans 5
Think About This: When we engage in the act of prayer itself, there is no preparing, no getting the right words, no posture to take, no mood to assume. We simply do it. Prayer is primal speech. We do not first learn to do it, and then proceed to do it; we do it, in the doing we find out what we are doing, and then deepen and mature in it.
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go. – Joshua 1:7 ESV