Many people arrived. The pastor greeted most of them as they filed in. As he walked to the front of the church to officially begin the meeting he noticed most people were chatting across the aisles and socializing with friends. When he reached the front his thoughts were on quieting the attendees and starting the meeting.
His eyes scanned the crowd as he asked for quiet. He noticed an eleven year-old girl sitting quietly in the front row. Her face was beaming with excitement. Next to her, poised and ready for use, was a bright red umbrella. The little girl’s beauty and innocence made the pastor smile as he realized how much faith she possessed. No one else in the congregation had brought an umbrella.
All came to pray for rain, but the little girl had come expecting God to answer.
- Author Unknown
We pray for many things: physical healing, a job, reconciliation with someone, deliverance from an addiction…you name it. We ask God for "rain," but do we get our "umbrellas" out believing He will deliver?
I don't know about you, but I need to start calling into existence what is not. I need to start bringing my umbrella and believing that what I pray for will be answered. I need to kick my faith up a notch.
God is a God who hears those who call on His name. He is a God that rewards those who earnestly seek Him. He is a God that does not abandon His children. He is a God that gives us what we need when we need it. He is a loving Father. If I need rain in my life, I know He will deliver. I better pack my umbrella.
If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, "Move from here to there," and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.
- Matthew 17:20