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Common Crisis: Financial Problems

2 Kings 4:1-7 tells of the following story:

A widow has nothing left but a jar with a little oil.  A creditor is coming to take her two sons as slaves to satisfy her debt.  Elisha, the Lord’s prophet, tells her to gather many empty jars and to fill them with the oil she has.  As she pours, the oil continues to flow until all the jars are full.  She sells the oil, pays the debt, and has enough left over for her family to live on.

The scripture points out that the prophet instructed her to do two things:

1. – He asked her, “What do you have in the house?”  And she responds, “Your maidservant has nothing in the house but a jar of oil.”

2. – “You shall shut the door behind you and your sons; then pour it into all those jars, and set aside the full ones.”  So she went from him and shut the door behind her and her sons and did as he had instructed.

The following are lessons we can learn from this story:

  • God can work a miracle using even the smallest resources you may have.
  • This miracle occurred in a secret place, the anointing that was inside this place did not stop until the last jar was full!
  • We need to open our hearts to His vision in order to be able to see the invisible.
  • Our Lord is waiting for you; He wants an opportunity to show you his love and his mercy.
  • To see miracles happen, one of the things that Jesus teaches us to do is to go to the secret place with God:   “But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.”    -Matthew 6:6

We have an invitation from God to meet him in intimacy so that we can hear His heart and follow his instruction in order to see his miraculous hand in our financial problems.

Why Do People Pray Today

More than at anytime in history, people are seeking answers to life’s struggles, problems, and challenges. Natural and man-made disasters cause people more and more stress. Their lives are under intense pressure. Hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, countries in debt — it is hard to comprehend the pressures that these exert upon families struggling to make ends meet and survive.

The Bible teaches us several ways to answer these situations. Psalms 89:14-15, says

Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness go before you. Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you. Who walk in the light of your presence, O Lord.

This scripture reflects the value of walking in the light of His presence. We meet Him in prayer, just as a child would meet his parent, in order to have a child and father relationship.

Walking with Him brings the blessings of hunger and thirst for righteousness. Those who have the conviction to come and dwell in His presence, to remain before His holiness, to remain there before His throne humbly and reptently, to reverently clamor for His intercession, who expect, admire and supplicate in prayer, who recieve and accept Him who purifies each of our sins and opens our senses to hear His sweet voice, will find direction to conquer the struggles of life.

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Más que en cualquier tiempo de la historia, la gente está buscando respuestas para las dificultades; los problemas y los retos de la vida. Desastres naturales y desastres causados por el género humano, están causando que la gente experimente más estrés. Los Huracanes, los terremotos, las inundaciones, los países en deuda, están dejando a la gente bajo una intensa presión.

La Biblia nos enseña varias formas de enfrentar éstas dificultades, el Salmo 89:14-15 dice: “Justicia y juicio son el cimiento de tu trono; Misericordia y verdad van delante de tu rostro. Bienaventurado el pueblo que sabe aclamarte; Andará, oh Jehová, a la luz de tu rostro.”

Las escrituras reflejan lo valioso que es caminar a la luz de su presencia. Nosotros nos acercamos a El en oración igual como un niño se acerca a su padre, para poder así desarrollar relación con El.

Caminar con El, tráe la bendición de sentir hambre y sed de su justicia. Aquellos que tengan la convicción de venir y habitar en su presencia, de estar delante de su santidad, de estar delante de su trono en humildad y arrepentimiento, con clamor reverente en intercesión, en una actitud de admiración y súplica, recibiendo y aceptando la purificación de cada uno de los pecados cometidos, abriendo sus sentidos para oír su dulce voz, encontrarán dirección para conquistar las dificultades de la vida.