Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.” (2 Cor. 4:10).
READ: 2 Corinthians 4:8-12
Through the lives of His children, God tries to reveal Himself to the world. Such revelation may fall either under God’s goodness or severity (Romans 11:22). This is why you must be extremely careful about what God wants to use your life to show the world. For instance, God used David to reveal His super abundance. While studying Psalm 23:5, I asked God, “Why the waste? Why did you not stop when the cup became full with oil?” He said He just wanted to show David that there is still plenty of oil left where the oil was coming from. May God use you to reveal His super abundance this season.
Let us consider another Bible character – Elijah. God wanted to show the world through Elijah that He is a prayer answering God (1 Kings 8:31-39). After about two minutes of prayer, fire fell from Heaven. As long as there are no obstructions to a life of sacrifice and holiness, you can always get answers to your prayers. He can even answer your unsaid prayers – mere wishes which were not voiced out. Sometime ago, during our Lets-Go-A-Fishing programme, I was going in company of my children when we ran into a notice, ‘Turkey for sale’. I told my children we had never had turkey for Christmas, except chicken. By the time we returned home, there were three turkeys waiting even when I did not pray for them. At Ebute Metta (Lagos, Nigeria), I shared this testimony in church and by the time we got home, they had increased to seven! As you align your desire with God’s and please Him, He will give you even your unvoiced requests.
What of Daniel? What people commonly say of him is how he came out of the lions den alive but they appear to not know the main issue. God’s purpose was to reveal Himself through Daniel as the All-wise God, hence, Daniel could interpret the dream that the dreamers had even forgotten, as well as hand writing on the wall. Even today, God wants someone through whom He can manifest a higher level of wisdom. Can He choose you for such an assignment? There are levels of God’s manifestation. In whatever way He has manifested Himself before in the life of an individual, He can repeat it at the same level, or modify it, depending on the level of cooperation of the seeker. How ready are you to cooperate with the Almighty God for a higher manifestation of His power, or wisdom in your life?
Father, as I serve You this season, grant my prayers and desires, even those unsaid.
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