I recently learned a valuable lesson in the power of prayer from a toad. Have you ever discovered that God sometimes speaks to us in the most unlikely ways? If we look around, He uses our everyday experiences to reveal His profound truths. I was reading the book Frog and Toad Together with my kids, I had one of those spiritual “aha!” moments.
The particular story we were reading was called The Garden. Toad was very impressed by his friend Frog’s garden. “I wish I had a garden.” Toad lamented. Frog gave him some seeds and told him that with a bit of hard work, he too would have a bountiful garden. “How soon?” asked Toad. “Quite soon.” answered Frog.
After Toad planted his seeds, the rest of the story describes the comical way Toad waited for his seeds to grow. He talks to his seeds. He impatiently yelled at them. He read stories, poems and played music to his seeds–all to no avail. Finally, frustrated and forlorn, he fell asleep. A little while later, Frog excitedly woke Toad to show him the budding sprouts in his garden.
“Toad!” exclaims Frog, “Now you will have a nice garden!” “Yes,” Toad remarked. “But you were right, Frog. It was very hard work!”
I love this story because it reminds me of a powerful spiritual truth: We are called to sow seeds of prayer.
But when we don’t see immediate answers to our prayers, we try to “help God out” by making things happen on our own. We yell. We shout. We try to manipulate people and situations. We attempt to speak our prayers into fruition with our own feeble words; but ultimately God is the One who causes the seeds of our prayers grow.
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In the beginning when the world was formless and empty, God spoke–and things happened. Take a look at the pattern in Genesis 1.
And God said, “Let there be an expanse between the waters…”and it was so.
And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear…”and it was so.
And God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees…”and it was so.
God spoke… and it was so.
He is the only One with omnipotent power to speak things into life. But sometimes we act like Toad and work ourselves into a frenzy, taking matters into our own hands.
But there is a better way to pray.
God has graciously given us His words to speak, as He did through the prophet Jeremiah:
“I have put my words in your mouth. See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.” Jeremiah 1:9b-10
We don’t have to use our words to make the seeds of our prayers come to life. When we pray the Word of God, we always pray the will of God. When we pray the WORD of God, we always pray the WILL of God. Click To Tweet
God’s Word is like a fire and hammer; a sword and a mighty shield. His Word snuffs out the enemy’s schemes against us and obliterates strongholds. His Word breaks through chains of bondage and releases us from captivity. His Word rebuilds our teetering faith and revives our withered souls.
His Word is faithful, steady and true–and never returns void.
As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:10-11
So instead of using our own words when we pray, why not try using His? There is great power in praying God’s promises.
Are you in need of peace? Ask that God’s peace, which transcends all understanding will guard your heart and mind (Philippians 4:6)
Are you lacking in strength? Pray that God will be your refuge and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble (Psalm 46:1)
Are you battling fear? Praise God that He has not given you a spirit of fear, but of love, power and self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:7)
Sow seeds of prayer today, and speak His Word over every situation in your life. He will give you an unspeakable joy, and in His perfect timing, you will reap an abundant harvest!
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9
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