“Whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive” (Matthew 21:22).
I’ve had this painting in my home for years, and I just noticed this morning that the couple portrayed in it are praying. I’ve looked at this painting many times before, but for some reason I only saw a pastoral scene from probably somewhere in Europe in the 1800’s with a young couple out in a field that they are working in. But this morning…I see that they are praying. In reverence, his hat is in his hand and her head is bowed. There is some type of wheel barrow or cart behind her and a pitchfork beside him, so they are obviously in the field to work, but something is causing them to stop what they had been doing and pray.
The need is great enough that they sense their lack of ability to overcome it alone, so they turn to God. Maybe they’re asking for him to bless their crop. Without a crop, their family could starve. Without a crop, they may not have the resources to trade or buy the provision they need to get through a harsh winter. So they are asking in prayer for their need. They are turning to God who they believe will hear their prayer and provide a way for them.
I think I finally realized they were praying today because I was sitting under this painting praying. I mean really praying. Not the regular, “God bless me and help me today,” sort of prayer—I’m praying my heart out. I’m bombarding the gates of heaven. I’m “declaring a thing, and it will be done for you so light will shine on your ways” (Job 22:28). I’m begging, pleading, crying, beseeching, believing, standing in faith—I’m serious in this pursuit. So serious, in fact, that I’m considering what is an absolute last resort for me and my low blood sugar—fasting. Jesus said that “this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting” (Matt. 17:20,21). He was speaking in this reference about a demon, but I’m desperate enough at this point to consider fasting for my non-demon possession case!
I have the feeling that something is just around the corner. I’m sensing that excitement that happens when you KNOW something great is happening. I know the answer is here. I know God is faithful. I know His promises are true. I will keep asking in prayer, believing, I will receive.
I will stand in the middle of the field God has placed me in, bow in reverence, and admit my need. I can’t make the crop grow. I can’t provide the resources needed for the crop to produce a harvest. But I can:
Give the work to God,
Plant the seed, be a good steward of what He produces,
Thank Him for His provision,
Give Him the glory for the harvest!
Thank you, God, for using a painting to encourage, inspire, and guide me today in my pursuit of You.