When you’re hurting, when you’re in need, when you’re losing hope, when you’re totally confused, when you see no way out…how do you pray?
I pray desperately during those times…crying out to God for answers…begging Him for help.
I suspect you do as well.
And sometimes I’ll read something in His word that encourages me and gives me hope. But more often, an answer comes through a person.
In Exodus 25, God is giving Moses instructions for building the tabernacle. Verse 1 says: The Lord said to Moses, “Tell the Israelites to bring me an offering.”
God then goes into great detail about what the people are to bring and how everything is to be constructed. Of course, if He wanted to, God could have just spoken and zapped everything into existence. But that’s not how He does it. He hasn’t worked that way since He created human beings.
Instead, God chooses to use people to bring offerings, meet needs, accomplish His purposes, give encouragement, advance His Kingdom, etc.
There’s someone near you today who’s desperate. They feel stuck. Hope is slipping away. They may be crying out to God. Or maybe they don’t even know they can. Either way, they need help.
It could be a family member. Or a neighbor. Maybe a co-worker. Or the cashier you’ll meet today.
They might need money. Will you give it?
They may need a word of encouragement. Will you speak it?
Maybe they just need to know someone cares. Will you?
Ask God to use you today and then keep your eyes and ears open to see who needs you.
If you’re the one who’s needing help today, choose to also give it. Maybe being the answer to someone’s prayer today will be the exact thing that you need.