When I was growing up I remember applying the saying “a wing and a prayer” to my life – often. The term “a wing and a prayer” meant doing something with the hope of it turning out well, although you were not very prepared, and it was unlikely to turn out well.
Unfortunately many Christians approach the difficult seasons in our life with a very similar attitude.
We arrive at places of tribulation unprepared, feeling as if we armed with only wavering hope, but inwardly expecting very little positive outcome. Yet, this is not God’s will for us.
Instead of being armed with faltering hope, Christ desires that we learn to stand on faith, trusting Him to maneuver us through our wilderness seasons toward an end that He has determined is “for our good”. His Word teaches us that we must believe that He exists and that He rewards. We do not have to arrive at the crossroads of our circumstances as if happenstance has brought us there, because we serve a God who loves us enough to proactively position our circumstances so that they lead us to Him. God desires an intimate relationship with us, and if we allow Him to, He will use every victory, defeat, hardship, and stumbling block to grow us into men and women who can carry out His plan for our lives in this world, and the one to come.
Daily Hope & a Prayer is a short daily reminder that we do not have to approach life’s struggles with a “wing and a prayer” attitude – even if we are unprepared. Because our God is never unprepared, and He is never surprised. He is our hope, He never fails, and He can not lie. So instead of a going forth on a “wing and a prayer”, more hopeless than hopeful, we can choose to go to Christ, the trustworthy and faithful source of our hope, in prayer, and expectancy.
For further study: Romans 15:13, Hebrews 11:6, Romans 8:28, 2 Timothy 2:13, Isaiah 55:11; Hebrews 6:18
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