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Pray big; make sure you're prepared to receive God's blessings

"Then he said, 'Go, borrow vessels from everywhere, from all your neighbors, empty vessels; do not gather just a few. And when you have come in, you shall shut the door behind you and your sons; then pour it into all those vessels, and set aside the full ones.' So she went from him and shut the door behind her and her sons, who brought the vessels to her and she poured it out. Now it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said to her son, 'Bring me another vessel.' And he said to her, 'there is not another vessel.' So the oil ceased" (2 Kings 4:3-6 NKJV).

This Scripture is taken from the story of the miracle of the increase of the widow's oil. We discover in this story that a woman who had two sons has become a widow. She shares her concerns and fears with the prophet Elisha. Her main concern is that she has debt and the creditor is coming to take her two sons to be slaves. Elisha asks her what she has in her house. She says she has nothing in the house but a jar of oil. Elisha tells her to go borrow empty vessels — and not just a few. So she pours the oil from the jar into the empty vessels, and miraculously they all fill up with oil, not ceasing until she runs out of vessels. At the end of the process Elisha tells her to go and sell the oil and pay her debt, allowing her and her sons to live on what is left over. I feel God wanted me to use this story from 2 Kings to pass on words of encouragement.

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God always has a remnant — a group of people who will not compromise or back down from Satan's threats. I sense that many today, like this widow, need a miracle in their life. I believe we are coming into a unique time. For those who have allowed God to take them through the process, many answers to prayer are coming. Just like the widow had to prepare to receive the oil, we must also fully prepare our lives to receive all that God has for us.

God is very much into process. God says you shall have no other gods in your life. The Bible makes it clear that He alone must be our God. First we must prepare our hearts to receive. That means we must fully turn back to God and His ways and means for our life. For those who have not given up and have fought the good fight of faith I sense your time has come for God to miraculously enter into your life and the situations you face.

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Finally, don't make the mistake the widow made when she only collected a few vessels and the oil could not continue flowing. Be bold and pray big. Remember, as Christians we are blessed to be a blessing. I want enough for me and my family but also to help my neighbors.

The Rev. Mike Taylor is pastor and president of RAPHAH Ministries Christian Center, an evangelistic outreach in Taylorsville. He can be reached at raphahministries@hotmail.com.

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