There came a day in the life of D.L. Moody, one of the most renowned and fruitful evangelists in American history, that two elderly women confronted him, and said, “Mr. Moody, the world has yet to see what God will do through a man who is wholly His.” Moody’s response was very simple and emphatic, “I will be that man.”
When you read the biography of David Livingstone, one cannot but be impressed by his prayers. They are simple, clear, on point, and emphatic. Here is one of his prayers: “My Jesus, my King, my Life, my All; I again dedicate my whole self to Thee. Accept me, and grant, O gracious Father, that ere this year is gone I may finish my task. In Jesus’ name I ask it. Amen. SO LET IT BE.”
Both men a fully committed, engaged, …as someone once wrote: “…without regret, reserve, or retreat.” Livingstone will go on to write: “…He said, ‘Him that cometh to Me, I will in no wise cast out…,’ and, ‘…whatsoever ye shall ask in My name, I will give it.’ He will keep His word: then I can come and humbly present my petition, and it will be all right. DOUBT IS HERE INADMISSIBLE.” Again, we are confronted with the simplicity, and yet the completeness, of a heart that is wholly Christ’s. And THEREIN lies the key to great possibilities, for all things are possible to God.
In one of the great calls to faith, the Lord reveals to Jeremiah what He is going to do, and this when Jerusalem is under seige by the Chaldeans, who WILL take the city. From a human standpoint, what the Lord is calling Jeremiah to believe and act upon is pure folly, as there is no “future” for Jerusalem. She will be destroyed, and Israel will be taken captive, and into exile. The Lord tells Jeremiah to buy a piece of land, and this as a token of what He will do to bring back Israel to the land after the exile. His promises with regard to this event are absolutely extraordinary, and so “impossible.” But He has a man in Jeremiah who is wholly committed to BELIEVE Him. Hence, there arises from his heart this prayer of praise: “Ah Lord God! Behold, Thou hast made the heaven and the earth by Thy great power and stretched out arm, and THERE IS NOTHING TOO HARD FOR THEE.” (Jer. 32:17) If this is not enough to convince us of what God can do, throughout history, and ultimately bring His perfect purpose to pass, the Lord Himself declares: “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there any thing too hard for me?”
Now the question must be asked? If nothing is too hard for Him, and He lives in my heart by the Spirit, is there anything too hard for me? I believe the answer is simple, and we find it in the writings and prayers of Livingstone (and most certainly in those of Moody). If we know the will of God, and are committed to Christ in prayer and faith wholeheartedly (emphatically so…), then there is nothing too hard for Him working in and through us. “Faithful is He who calls you who also WILL do it….My strength is made perfect in weakness…I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.”
Have a wonderful day trusting Him fully.