Imagine being responsible to provide food and drinking water for more than three million men, women, and children. That’s what Moses faced when he agreed to God’s divine assignment. Grocery stores didn’t exist in the wilderness. Neither did water bottles, fountains, taps, or garden hoses. Where on earth would he find food and water vital for survival? The beauty is—he didn’t need to worry about it.
The exodus from Egypt was God’s idea, and He had every detail under control, including food service: “They asked for meat, and he sent them quail; he satisfied their hunger with manna—bread from heaven. He split open a rock, and water gushed out to form a river through the dry wasteland” (Psalm 105:40,41 NLT).
Prior to saying yes, Moses had no clue how God planned to provide for the masses. He agreed without knowing the details because he knew God was able to deal with the practical impossibilities.
I can relate, at least to a small degree. Several years ago, a ministry in India asked me to come and speak at their women’s conference. Then a second Christian organization heard that I was coming, and they asked me to speak at their conference, too. Neither ministry covered my expenses nor paid an honorarium. My husband refused to let me travel alone, so going meant paying expenses for two people. The total came to $10,000 despite staying in very basic accommodations, eating with the locals, and doing no sightseeing.
Coordinating this trip took 18 months and umpteen emails with travel agents both in Canada and India, the overseas ministry leaders, and Indian hotel reservation clerks. One day I felt particularly overwhelmed by details coupled with the frustration of trying to communicate via email with people whose first language was not English. Added to that was the financial cost. Where on earth was I supposed to find $10,000?
I recall standing by my kitchen sink when a wave of fear washed over me. I must be out of my mind, I thought. What have I done? What possessed me to say yes?
That’s when I sensed the Holy Spirit say, “I did. I called you to this task and I have the details covered. Carry on, and trust Me.”
From that point on, I began thanking God for His ability to bring something from nothing. And He did. We watched in awe as donors responded to a newsletter we wrote explaining the financial need. Weeks passed. We waited and watched and prayed and praised. In the end, donations totaled $11,000.
Sometimes God calls us to a task that seems ludicrous. Our human nature wants to know the details before we say yes. But that’s not how God works. He wants us to say yes before we know the details and then trust Him to work them out.
The circumstances to which He’s calling us might appear impossible, but that shouldn’t stop us from obedience. The only question we ought to ask is, “Is God asking me to do this?” If the answer to that question is yes, then our answer to Him ought to be yes as well.
So, how can we pray when God’s called us to a task that seems scary impossible? Here’s my suggestion:
“Almighty God for whom nothing is too difficult, I acknowledge You as Lord. I praise You for being faithful, all-powerful, and all-wise. Your eternal purposes are beyond my understanding, but I trust You as You unfold them here on earth.
“Thank You for inviting me to be part of Your plan. Please grant me the courage and faith needed for this assignment. Keep my eyes focused on You rather than on the circumstances that appear impossible.
“You fed and watered millions in the desert—a feat only You could accomplish. And so, I’m trusting You to provide the practical needs necessary in this situation. You’ve called me to a task that requires supernatural provision, and I’m calling on You to care for those details. I’ll do my part, and I trust You to do Yours. Thank You in advance for what You’re going to do. In the power of Your mighty name, amen.”
May this prayer bring you encouragement today, my friend. Please feel free to share your thoughts and your own story of how you’ve seen God do the impossible.
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