Devotion: Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it

PHOTO: Michael Chan

PHOTO: Michael Chan

So the parent birds have to keep flying very fast, all day long, collecting food for their family but, however many times they come, they never have to use the exhortation of our text! The little birds in their nests are far more sensible than we are. When God hovers over us with His wide-spread wings and covers us with His warm feathers, He has need to say to each one of us, “Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.” But the little birds take good care, without any teaching, to open their mouths wide that their mothers may fill them.

You probably will know, by putting it in practice, better than by any explanation that I can give you, but, certainly, first of all, I should say that it means that there should be a greater sense of your need. The wide-open mouth means that you hunger. The little birds need no instruction in opening their mouths except the inward monitor. They feel a lack of food—they are growing, and growing fast, and feathers have to be made—and they need much food and those strong needs of theirs make them open their mouths by instinct, as we say.

Brothers, if we had more sense of our need, prayer would be more of an instinct with us—we would pray because we could not help praying! We would pray, perhaps, less methodically, but we would pray, probably more truly, if we prayed because there were groans within us caused by intense pain and moaning that came out of inward agony and longings that came out of the consciousness of our dire necessities. Surely, this kind of opening of the mouth, by the sense of our need, ought to be easy to us, for our needs are very great.

I must not say that they are infinite, for we are only finite beings, but they are so vast that only Infinity can ever supply them! What is there that you do not need, my Brother? Someone said in prayer, the other day, that we were “a bag of needs.” That was a very accurate description. Are we all conscious of our many needs?

An abstract from a sermon by C.H. Spurgeon, April 7, 1876

The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob ensures even the little birds are fed. Are we not more valuable than these? Let’s have a greater sense of our need and God’s role in meeting our need. Our desire for God to meet our need will materialize in us praying to Him more because that desire is an expression of our human weakness and an opportunity for God’s divine ability to meet our need. God is a God who wants to meet our need if we hunger for Him and seek Him in prayer.

I am the Lord your God, Who brought you out of the land of Egypt; Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it. Psalm 81:10.

Writer’s Note: I shared this devotion with my cell group and was pleasantly surprised to see my friend, the talented Michael Chan‘s beautiful capture of a mother sunbird feeding her offspring on Facebook. It reminded me and painted a beautiful picture of us as believers coming to God with our needs, and God meeting all of them. Thanks Mich!

References:

Christian Classics Etheral Library, n.d. The Wide-open Mouth Filled. Retrieved from http://www.ccel.org/ccel/spurgeon/sermons50.xvi.html

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Pocket-size Devotional: The Caller And The Listener

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DEVOTION DATED 2 OCTOBER 2012

Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you says the LORD.
Jeremiah 29:12-14

I pray with assurance, knowing that You hear me. I confess with confidence, knowing that you have already prepared         [               ] to come to pass. I keep running forward, keeping my head up, knowing that I will find You and come into Your open arms.

Pocket-size Devotional: Be Bold In Your Asking

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DEVOTION DATED 30 AUGUST 2012

So Jesus answered and said to him, “What do you want Me to do for You?” The blind man said to Him, “Rabboni, that I may receive my sight.”
– Mark 10:51

Notice the blind man could have asked for the usual, the normal handouts; one week’s worth of money, food rations, lodgings, fresh clothes, but he didn’t. He asked for the very solution [though seemingly impossible] to all his problems.

#1. Blind Bartimaeus was bold in asking for what others consider to be audacious. We need to be bold in our request to God.

#2. Blind Bartimaeus’ request was probably already in God’s will and he was spot-on in his request to Jesus. In our request and desires, let it be aligned with God’s will.

#3. Even if the request was not in God’s will, blind Bartimaeus’ faith was shouting out aloud so much so that Jesus replied “Your faith has made you well” (v52). Your faith and boldness captures God’s attention, moves God to move the mountains for you.

Writer’s note: God never promised that life will be a bed of roses, but He promised that after every rainstorm comes a beautiful rainbow or two. I will be releasing a devotional entry every Monday. It’s important to start the week right, hence the publishing of devotionals every Monday. You could read these pocket-size devotionals in one short sitting, in a bus, on the train, in-between breaks, so on. I hope my words will bring comfort and strength to you when you need them. Do feel free to check out this page for more updates or subscribe to my blog. Invite your friends along if you deem this to be worth a second look. God bless!

Pocket-size Devotional: Ready For Anything

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DEVOTION DATED 25 SEPTEMBER 2012

I have strength for all things in Christ who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ sufficiency].

– Philippians 4:13 (AMP)

No matter the storms that comes my way, I have strength for all things, ready for anything, self-sufficient to tackle them all, not by my own strength but through Christ.

When I abide in Him, and He in me, I’m empowered; made equal to all challenges and Goliaths through Christ whose strength is infused as my inner strength so that I’m sufficient through His sufficiency. So that I’m rich because He is rich, I’m healed because He heals, I can do all things because He can do all things.

Writer’s note: God never promised that life will be a bed of roses, but He promised that after every rainstorm comes a beautiful rainbow or two. I will be releasing a devotional entry every Monday. It’s important to start the week right, hence the publishing of devotionals every Monday. You could read these pocket-size devotionals in one short sitting, in a bus, on the train, in-between breaks, so on. I hope my words will bring comfort and strength to you when you need them. Do feel free to check out this page for more updates or subscribe to my blog. Invite your friends along if you deem this to be worth a second look. God bless!

Pocket-size Devotional: For Christ

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DEVOTION DATED 10 AUGUST 2012

But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ
– Philippians 3:7

In this world that we live in, there are many, many, many things fighting for our attention, fighting to take the place of Christ in our lives. As the One who gave us ‘Freewill’ and would honor the decisions we’ve made, God has left us with the choice between Him or everything else.

There is no status quo, nor middle-of-the-road, standing in-between, or lukewarmness. Eventually, we have to make a stand between God and everything else the world has to offer.

“When I have God, I may lose much,
but when I have God, I have everything already.”

The gains of the world pales in comparison to You O my God, my Lord, my Father.

Writer’s note: God never promised that life will be a bed of roses, but He promised that after every rainstorm comes a beautiful rainbow or two. I will be releasing a devotional entry every Monday. It’s important to start the week right, hence the publishing of devotionals every Monday. You could read these pocket-size devotionals in one short sitting, in a bus, on the train, in-between breaks, so on. I hope my words will bring comfort and strength to you when you need them. Do feel free to check out this page for more updates or subscribe to my blog. Invite your friends along if you deem this to be worth a second look. God bless!