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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

A Dinner Party

A Dinner Party

How exactly do you expect God to deliver you from trouble?  By sending an angel with a flaming sword?  How about a swarm of locusts, or a flood?  I’m sure Esther was shocked when, after 3 days of prayer and fasting (Esther 4:15-16), God’s plan for her deliverance (and the whole nation of Israel) was a dinner party.  Not a big fancy state affair either.  Just Esther, her husband, and the guy who wanted to kill her! 

Perhaps God’s plan for your deliverance is something just as simple?  Taking your enemy out to dinner and having a heart to heart talk.  Sharing a cup of coffee with the biggest trouble maker in the church and hearing his/her side of the story.  There are more ways to kill an enemy than using gallows, or stabbing him with your fork.  If you “killed him with kindness” God might even resurrect him (relationally) as a friend?

My point is: God knows amazingly creative ways to save us from trouble. The key to connecting to God’s creativity is prayer with fasting.  During a fast our senses are greatly enhanced, and God uses that elevated awareness to open our eyes to see His plan.  Not only can we see it, but it makes perfect sense too. King David said of God, “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;” (Ps. 23:5a) David knew a lot about the Creative ways God can deliver us!  The idea is a simple one: fast and pray, connect to God’s creativity, and then sit back and watch Him save you; and enjoy a dinner roll while you do.       

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