Expect the Unexpected

Opening Prayer: 

Lord, as I walk with you daily, keep my mind and heart focused on you. Whenever things arise that surprise or throw me off course, lead my steps back to the path of life that allows me to follow you. I will trust in you always.

 

Read: Judges 13:16 & 21, NIV

The angel of the Lord replied, “Even though you detain me, I will not eat any of your food. But if you prepare a burnt offering, offer it to the Lord.” (Manoah did not realize that it was the angel of the Lord.)  When the angel of the Lord did not show himself again to Manoah and his wife, Manoah realized that it was the angel of the Lord. 

 

Reflect: 

Have you ever been truly “surprised” at what God has done in your life? Have you prayed for something a long time and then it came into being? When I was five, my parents got divorced and right then and there I purposed in my heart that I would never end up in a marriage that ended in divorce. I then began to pray for “the perfect wife.” I continued that prayer into my college years and there, I found “the one.” You may think it silly, but I still consider the power of prayer in the wonderful relationship that my wife I enjoy together today. James 5:16b (NIV) says, “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.”  

We continue today to pray for God’s blessings and miracles. We have seen God lead our daughters to Christ and financially provide for them to go to college. He has provided for each of them to go on overseas mission trips. He healed me of cancer…and I could go on. Consider the heartfelt prayers of Hannah, how she petitioned God for a child…and He answered her! Approach our Heavenly Father in confidence and “Expect the Unexpected!” I John 5:14-15 – “Now this is the confidence we have in approaching God, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us, and if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have what we asked of Him.”

 

Apply: 

Consider the many blessings and even miracles you have experienced in your life! Make an inventory of all God has done for you and let it be an inspiration for you to seek even greater things from your Heavenly Father! Not just “material” things, but perhaps for you to increase in the fruit of the spirit, growth in ministry gifts you may have, and to even discover more ways to demonstrate generosity.

 

Closing Prayer: 

Lord Jesus, the greatest miracle of all happened on the cross at Calvary when you died for my sins, then rose again and gave me new life for eternity! I pray that you would continue to show me your miraculous works and prepare my heart to “Expect the Unexpected.”

Terry Schneider