Fifty years ago, a drought in Mississippi threatened the crops of a group of farmers from a rural church, so the pastor called for an emergency prayer meeting. Dozens of farmers showed up wearing their traditional overalls, but one of them wore waders. He said that he didn’t want to walk home wet. He got funny looks, but he was the only one who didn’t get soaked on the way home.
This is faith at its finest. If we genuinely believe God is going to answer prayers for rain, then we should bring our umbrellas!
God is honored when we act as if He is going to answer our prayers. After going to our knees in prayer, we need to take steps of faith, just like Noah who kept building the ark day after day even though it had never rained on earth before. It is daring to go after a dream that is destined to fail without divine intervention.
We are to actively pray and expectantly await God’s answer. If it seems like God is not moving in our lives, it might be because we are not moving. Faith is not a noun; it is a verb – an action.
In Joshua 3, there was a moment when the Israelites were on the shore of the Jordan river. Behind them was Egypt where their lives had been enslaved and before them was the Promised Land. What stood between them and their heart’s desire was a fast-flowing river. God told the Israelites to take a few steps into the river. It was a counterintuitive command, yet they did step forth. And, what did God do? “As soon as their feet touched the water’s edge, the water from upstream stopped flowing” (Joshua 3: 15-16). The river parted and the people obtained God’s blessings!
How many of us are so close to what God wants us to experience, waiting for Him to part the river? Yet in the meantime, God is waiting on us to get our feet wet. We prefer God to work for us so we can then step into His miracles. But, if we want to see God move, we must make a move toward Him!
God answers prayers, but we need to take the hardest step – the first.