No Longer Needed

“No manna appeared that day, and it was never seen again. So from that time on the Israelites ate from the crops of Canaan.” (Joshua 5:12 NLT)

At this point in the Scriptures, Joshua had successfully led the nation of Israel across the Jordan River. The Promised Land now, awaited their taking. Have you ever stopped to consider that the very food source (manna) that had been provided to Israel during their forty long years in the wilderness, was gone? Never to be seen again.

It’s as if the Word of God is screaming out to each of us to, ‘Turn the page. There is so much more that I have in store for you to eat.’

Perhaps He is. And perhaps, if you are somewhat like me, you often miss this. You see, God had miraculously met Israel’s physical needs to eat with manna yet, it was time to now eat from the land itself. Canaan was ripe for planting and harvesting crops, but Israel would require some skin in the game.

Prayer is not an alternative to preparation and faith in God to provide for your needs, is never void of your own hard work. Do you keep asking God to provide something in your life and it doesn’t appear that He is listening? There is a time and a place for everything. God will never lead you into the next journey without having first, prepared you to walk with Him. Israel no longer needed this manna because the land in which they were about to enter would abundantly provide all in which they could only dream of eating.

I wonder if today, those seemingly unanswered prayers are in reality, your own manna? Could it be that God has already provided you with the tools and soil necessary for harvest? May I encourage you today to take a moment and pause? Those unanswered prayers might not be so unanswered at all.

Today, I pray for your eyes to be open to seeing that.

Stefanie Calens
loveSTRONG Ministries

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The Prayer Shawl

It wraps around me and I feel warmth.  There isn’t anything magical about it.  It feels like love.  The hands that made it for me probably got tired once in a while and took breaks to regain strength.  Making it was a labor of love, sweetness and thoughtfulness.

The three different shades of blue are calming.  The creator asked me my favorite colors during a conversation which didn’t reveal the reason for the question.  So, when I saw three shades of blue as I unwrapped the prayer shawl, I melted.  I knew she cared enough to make something so special in the colors that I enjoy looking at.

When I pray without having the prayer shawl over my shoulders, God hears me just as clearly.  When it is covering me, I know God is listening while I feel comfort and love.  Either way, He is with me.  I don’t need to be in a special place to be heard.  He simply said, “Call to Me, and I will answer you. I will tell you of great things, things beyond what you can imagine, things you could never have known.”  (Jeremiah 33:3 Voice)

I have prayed while lying in bed, driving my car, taking a shower, sitting at my desk, in my backyard, at a hospital, in a church building, at a meeting, at breakfast time, on an airplane, and even during a church service.  God didn’t say to only talk with him at certain times or in specific places.  I can pray anytime, anywhere with my eyes closed or wide open. 

Pray.  Pray during great times or in the middle of a struggle.  Listen.  Be still and hear what your heart and mind are reflecting.  Do.  Do pray often.  He is everywhere and anywhere. 

I can’t knit or crochet so I wear my prayer shawl knowing that my sweet, thoughtful friend made one just for me.  God gave me that friend to encourage me to feel gratitude.  Gratitude to Melba for making it for me and gratitude to God for His blessings.

Where and when have you prayed today?

Sherree Fischer
loveSTRONG ministries

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