Then Naaman went with his horses and chariot, and he stood at the door of Elisha’s house. And Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored to you, and you shall be clean.” But Naaman became furious, and went away and said, “Indeed, I said to myself, ‘He will surely come out to me, and stand and call on the name of the LORD his God, and wave his hand over the place, and heal the leprosy.’ Are not the Abanah and the Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them and be clean?” So he turned and went away in a rage. And his servants came near and spoke to him, and said, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do something great, would you not have done it? How much more then, when he says to you, ‘Wash, and be clean’?” (2 Kings 5:9-13)
For who would dare to despise the day of small things? (Zechariah 4:10a) Jesus, bring us to that place where we are willing to do the “small things” that you ask of us. Help us daily find the humility of obedience in the little things you ask us to do.
So he went down and dipped seven times in the Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean. (2 Kings 5:14)
Father, so often the great deeds we dream of doing for you start with doing the small things in life. Help us to be faithful in the stewardship of the small things you ask of us.
Holy Spirit, give us ears to hear and hearts to respond to your promptings in the “small things” of life. Thank you.
A word received: Seek my face.
Monday: 80 * 77, ; 2 Kings 5:1-19; 1 Cor. 4:8-21; Matt. 5:21-26
Tuesday: 78:1-39 * 78:40-72; 2 Kings 5:19-27; 1 Cor. 5:1-8; Matt. 5:27-37
Notes from the Front Line
***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, August 17, 2013 +a John (man) — He was on his way to an NA [Narcotics Anonymous] meeting. We prayed that he would stay clean and sober.
After action report on the prayer table: John came to Christ Church Sunday morning and described how his life had been saved at the prayer table three or four weeks ago. He came to the prayer table as a user of drugs, he was having sweats, and was planning to use more drugs as soon as he left the prayer table. When he got up from the prayer table the sweats were gone along with the desire to use drugs. He has not touched any since then and has had no desire to do so. He brought a friend along with him to the service.
***** There is an amazing film entitled FINDING A FAMILY which you can watch on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGDfv58aOhs Pray for the children who “fall through the cracks” of the social welfare system.