Matthew 19:26 says, “Looking straight into their eyes, Jesus replied, “Humanly speaking, no one, because no one can save himself. But what seems impossible to you is never impossible to God!””
God can do anything. He is God. Nothing is impossible to Him. He split the Red Sea so the Israelites could cross over on dry ground (Exodus 14). He destroyed the walls of Jericho without the Israelites ever physically touching them (Joshua 6). He caused an earthquake and released Paul and Silas from their chains and the prison doors flew open when they were singing and worshipping Him (Acts 16). When Elijah prayed, God caused fire to fall from heaven and burned up the young bull (which had been soaked in water), the wood, the stones, and the dust! The fire even consumed the water in the trench, (1 Kings 18:30-38). Something which was impossible became possible.
Do you want to know what the common factor was in all these situations? Prayer, faith and obedience. Moses had to put his faith in God in a tough situation. Imagine this: Pharaoh and his chariots were chasing after the Israelites to kill them. So, Moses and the Israelites have the army behind them and the Red Sea in front of them and God says to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on. Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground,” (Exodus 14:15-16).
It may have seemed crazy. How was he (Moses) going to part the Red Sea with a stick? Regardless, Moses obeyed. I’m glad I wasn’t Moses because I would have had a 100 follow up questions to that instruction and there simply wasn’t time for that! Sometimes you just have to obey God and trust that He knows what He is doing. Moses had to exercise his faith and do what God had told him to do and behold, the Red Sea parted before their eyes and they crossed over on dry ground.
The same with Joshua and the Israelites. God gave them marching orders- literally. They had to march around the walls of Jericho and in obedience to God they did what was asked of them to do. On the 7th day, they marched around the walls 7 times and on the 7th time, the walls came crashing down. It took faith. To keep walking around those walls every day and see nothing.
They had to put their faith in God and keep obeying Him as they marched around those walls day after day, without seeing the slightest crack in the walls. Sometimes when we can’t see the victory we panic and we think what we are doing is not working and we stop but you have probably heard it said by Pastor Steven Furtick, “Don’t stop on 6”. Keep obeying until you see the breakthrough you prayed for.
Paul and Silas had a rough day. They were serving God and doing God’s work, yet they found themselves being severely flogged and thereafter thrown in prison. Locked up for doing God’s work. Yet we are told that around midnight they started praying and singing hymns to God. They had such a worship session that God couldn’t sit still. He shook up the prison, their chains fell off and the prison doors flew wide open and they could walk right out.
When we worship God in spirit and in truth (John 4:24) it moves the heart of God and prison doors fly open. If you have been praying for breakthrough, Paul and Silas show us how its done. Sacrificial worship. They had every reason to murmur and be upset but they decided to worship instead. That kind of faith in the middle of a rough situation moves God to do crazy things for you and bring you whatever you need.
When we put our faith in God and we couple that faith with obedience, we can walk in the blessing of this thing called answered prayer. God can do anything. We just need to believe it and put our faith in Him. That whatever we need, God can do it. However, He needs our cooperation. Moses had to lift up his staff. Elijah had to show up in the middle of opposition and pray. Paul and Silas had to worship. Joshua and the army had to walk around the walls of Jericho. God gives us our part and then He will do what we cannot do.
I once heard it put this way, “If you need a mountain to move and you have a shovel, you better start digging, don’t waste your time praying”. God will not do for you what you can do for yourself. When the Red Sea was parted, it was up to the Israelites to walk across it in faith that they would not drown. God will do His part but be ready to also do your part in faith.
Love and Blessings,