Key Verse: “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it happen to me according to your word.” Then the angel left her. Luke 1:38
Do you believe in Murphy’s Law? It says, “If anything can go wrong, it will.” Its teaching is that life is full of frustrations and everything you put your hand to will go wrong.
What do you do when nothing seems possible? It is time to pray! Remember Jesus’ words in Matthew 19:26, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
King David learned the most important thing is not whether the task at hand is possible, but whether a relationship to God is possible. It is not whether you succeed at getting something done; it is whether you succeed in connecting with the Father. David said in 1 Chronicles 17:25, “You, my God, have revealed to your servant that you will build a house for him. So your servant has found courage to pray to you.” When nothing seems possible, remember prayer opens the door to the greatest possibility.
David discovered in prayer the opportunity to deepen his relationship with God. David’s prayer is most instructive. His language tells us a great deal about how God shaped his heart. All through David’s prayer, instead of complaining about not being heard; instead of making promises that he had no intention of keeping; instead of bargaining with God – all through David’s prayer the king is full of gratitude to a God who has done everything. A God who led Israel from slavery in Egypt, a God who had brought David from obscurity, a God who had built a people into greatness. David in his prayer understands that whatever he has received is a gift. In prayer, we will discover the infinite possibilities of living out of grace.
As we reflect on what God has done and give thanks to Him, we will pray like Jeremiah, “Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.” (Jeremiah 32:17). As we deepen our relationship with God, we will stop trying to open the doors that He has closed and trust and submit to Him to make our paths straight (Proverbs 3:6), with full confidence that nothing is too hard for Him (see Jeremiah 32:27).