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How Big Is Your Prayer Request?

How big is your prayer request? What would you do if all you had left in your home were a little oil? How would you handle your creditors? If you had any children, how would you keep them and protect them?

Whether you’re single, married, divorced or widowed, you may face hardship at some time in your life. Perhaps you’re in the throes of a financial struggle right now. How big is your prayer request?

The widow in 2 Kings 4:1 told the prophet Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that he revered the Lord. But now his creditor is coming to take my two boys as his slaves.”

In verse 2, “Elisha replied, ‘How can I help you? Tell me, what do you have in your house?’”

“Your servant has nothing there at all,” she said, “except a small jar of olive oil.”

In the midst of her dire circumstances, Elisha told the widow to ask her neighbors for empty jars. Would I have fulfilled that strange request?  Maybe, maybe not, but I would have asked why I needed all those empty jars. What would you have done?

In verses 5-6, the widow filled jar after jar with oil. She asked one of her sons to give her another jar. He said, “’There is not a jar left.’ Then the oil no longer flowed.” I laughed with joy. I wouldn’t call that a coincident, would you? God knew how much oil she needed.

Elisha told her in verse 7, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debts. You and your sons can live on what is left.”

The widow didn’t think she had anything “except a small jar of olive oil.” On her own, it didn’t amount to much. With God in the picture working through Elisha, she could pay her debts, keep her sons, and live on what was left.

Have you talked to the Lord about your concern? How big is your prayer request?

Your prayer request might not be about finances. Perhaps it is about a prodigal child, broken family relationships, or a life-threatening illness. Maybe it is about the loss of a job, a home, or a loved one like the widow in 2 Kings.

The God, who loved the widow and used the prophet Elisha to take care of her prayer request, loves you, too. He longs to hear from you. He wants to comfort you, too, and meet your needs.

When will you go to God with your prayer request? You can go any time of the day or night. For all you know, he has someone ready to help you with your prayer request as soon as you ask.

Philippians 4:19: “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”

Prayer: Dear God, I have many needs right now. I trust you to meet them just as you met the widow’s needs. Amen.

Copyright © by Yvonne Ortega February 22, 2016 Updated January 3, 2018


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