A Daily Word from the Word for Monday, June 23, 2014
“Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the Kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.’” – Matthew 18:2-4
For years now, I have anointed my classrooms. Once I find out which rooms I will be teaching in, I go in before the start of the new semester, and spend about 20 minutes anointing each area. This past semester, I was prompted to ask God what that looks like in Heaven when I perform this task.
That evening, the Lord gave me a dream. In my dream, I watched as a little child with blonde hair gleefully played hide and seek with his mother. He hid between the banister at the foot of this long and winding staircase that went up without end.
The meanings for “child” that resonated with me for this purpose are: “receiving, trusting, believing.” Blonde hair represents walking in a particular anointing. (© 2011, Thompson and Beale, The Divinity Code). A staircase going up represents “Jesus Christ, established by God, going from faith to faith/glory to glory.” Wow! Is this image of what your prayers look like, as they enter the gates of Heaven and make their way up the benevolent banister to the Father’s throne, coming to life for you, family?
God is our Father; however, there are many illustrations in the Bible where God shows himself as a mother (Hosea 13:8, Isaiah 66:13, Luke 15:8-10). I believe that God chose to identify Himself as a mother in this dream to demonstrate the power of a child’s request, made powerful not by the child itself; but rather through the receiving heart of its mother; of which, this child’s appeal touches such a place of great grace, which was established during the time that the mother carried her child in her womb.
It is this place of great grace found in the heart of our selfless Father that gives power to our prayers. Not because we are powerful, but because we are made powerful by virtue of being God’s children, and our prayers are anointed when they touch the heart of the Father and bathed in His great love for us—His great and unconditional grace.
Jesus commands us to “just believe” (Mark 5:36b). This isn’t just a nice notion that the Savior of the world is expressing; it is a command! We are commanded to believe what God said concerning us and the lives we are to live.
It is easier for a child to believe than it is for an adult; unless of course, you are an adult who possesses childlike faith! When my son was a teenager, he had the line “Pops, you said…” Down pat! That was his hands-down winning strategy when it came right down to it. We could go back and forth, and back and forth; but as soon as he pulled out the “Pops, you said…” I knew it was all over. I was outdone and undone. I was shut down. Because I said it, he believed it, and he was calling in what he believed. And because I said it, and he believed it, I was obligated to keep my word. And when he pulled on my word, then he released the promise my word contained.
And if we, as imperfect, fallible, and sorely lacking parents are to be believed, then how much more should we believe what our perfect, infallible, omniscient (all-knowing), omnipresent (present everywhere simultaneously), and omnipotent (all-powerful) Heavenly Father Who created us, said? Saint Matthew testifies of this truth with great assurance that “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask Him?” (Matthew 7:11)
Faith believes what God said, period. Hebrews 11:1 testifies that “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Faith is your substance of things hoped for, my brother. Faith in God’s Word is the evidence you hold in your spiritual hands, my sister.
The devil will have you believe that your prayers don’t work. The devil is a liar! He knows how powerful the prayers of the righteous are, so of course he is going to try to come against this powerful weapon—and yes, prayer is a powerful weapon against the enemy and all the forces of darkness! He got kicked out of heaven for a reason, so why are you listening to that dishonest demon?!
Let me encourage you today, family. Keep praying, my brother! Don’t stop petitioning your Father, my sister! Seeing is believing; and if you can’t seem to see, then look through the eyes of a child.
Father, we thank You for giving us the gift of prayer. Thank you for giving us the most perfect example of prayer—Your Son, Jesus. We cry out “Father I believe, help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24). Help us, Holy God, to adopt a life of praying, as Jesus did, and to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17). In Jesus Name, we thank You that it is Your great love for us that activates the power in our prayers. Amen and Amen.
Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to make your life a testimony of prayer. Purpose in your heart to live a life of praying. Choose to believe what God has said concerning you, which is written in His Book, The Bible. Believe that His Word is the True Living Word, as your God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and He doesn’t play favorites (Hebrews 13:8, Acts 10:34). And continue to fight the good fight of praying with childlike faith; for God, your Faithful Father, has already given you the victory!
If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!
God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.
Jesus is coming soon!
May God Bless you and keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And, in service of The Most High King,
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Matthew is founder of HMD Ministries, and sits under the leadership of Apostle Dr. Don Lyon of Faith Center Ministries International in Rockford, Illinois, where he serves as an associate pastor.
All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2014, unless otherwise noted.