Have you ever felt
confined or trapped by some kind of situation or circumstances
in life? I recently read that if you put a buzzard in a pen six
or eight feet square and entirely open at the top, the bird (in
spite of his ability to fly) will be an absolute prisoner. The
reason is that when a buzzard begins a flight from the ground,
he always starts with a run of ten or twelve feet. Without space
to run, as is his habit, he will not even attempt to fly, but
will remain a prisoner for life in a small cage with no top.
The ordinary bat
that flies around at night, a remarkably nimble creature in the
air, cannot take off from a level place. If a bat is placed on
the floor or flat ground, all it knows to do is shuffle about
helplessly until it reaches some slight elevation from which it
can throw itself into the air. Then, at once, it takes off like
A bumblebee, if dropped
into an empty drinking glass, will be there until it dies unless
it is taken out. It never sees the means of escape at the top,
but persists in trying to find some way out through the sides
near the bottom. It will seek a way where none exists, until it
is completely exhausted and dies.
Last, a common flea
can be put into a box or glass with a lid on it. It jumps up over
and over again trying to escape only to keep bouncing back down
off the lid. Pretty soon, it will stop trying to escape. Then,
you can take the lid off the flea's container and it will stay
there until it dies, not realizing it could now jump out.
In many ways, a significant
number of people feel like the buzzard, the bat, the bee, and
the flea. They are struggling about through life, feeling trapped
with all their problems and frustrations, not realizing that the
answer is right there "above" them.
God is our answer.
He is the one that can show us the way out. Like the need of the
buzzard or bat, God can teach us ways to do things that we have
never done before. We can learn to "take off" in ways
we did not realize were possible. Like the bee or the flea, God
can show us "open doors" that are within easy reach.
We just need God to direct our vision. A famous man once said,
"When one door closes, we often gaze so long and sorrowful
at the closed door that we don't see the new door that is standing
Jesus is saying to
you the same thing that He said to the disciples when the need
of food for the crowd of 4,000 seemed impossible to meet. "Jesus
said to them, 'How many
loaves do you have?' And they said,
'Seven, and a few little fish.'"
15:34). And with God and that small "seed"
the crowd had every need met.
You have the "seed"
already in your possession to meet your need. No, I am not talking
about an offering (although that can certainly be a catalyst of
faith for a miracle). I am talking about the principle that God
has given you the prayer of faith to reach out to Him so that
God can direct what is already available to see your need met.
It may be a talent or ability you already have if you are looking
for a job. It may be a friend or minister if you are needing wisdom
or advice. It may simply be your copy of the Word of God if you
are needing encouragement or direction. But God does not fail
in "providing a way of escape"
to those who will seek Him (1st
I just read the true
story of Charles Murray, a high diver at the University of Cincinnati,
training for the summer Olympics. He went into the pool facility
about 10:30 pm one night to work on a few dives. The moon was
shining brightly through the windows, and he had dived in that
pool so many times that he did not bother to turn on the lights.
He mounted the highest platform and put his arms out straight
from his sides in preparation for his first dive. He noticed the
perfect cross shape that his shadow made on the wall from the
moonlight streaming in. He stopped, and sat down to pray as he
thought about Jesus and the cross. As he finished praying, a night
janitor walked into the pool area and flipped on the lights. Charles
suddenly could see that the pool had been drained for minor repairs.
Stopping to pray had literally saved the diver's life!
God is more than
enough to provide, protect, guide us, or whatever we need
if we will pray. But it takes faith to pray. I have used the illustration
that if Jesus suddenly appeared in a church, and announced that
He would answer every prayer that was prayed in the next 60 seconds,
everybody would be praying! Why? Because they believed they would
get an answer. No one would be saying, I'm too busy, or I'm too
sleepy, or I'll pray tomorrow. If we really had faith, we would
I just finished re-teaching
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For Effective Prayer,
11:9 says, "The righteous are delivered through
knowledge." Is this teaching on prayer the "way
of escape" that God is offering you? Don't stay in your "cage"
when the top is open to "help from above." Your future
is worth it!