What God Has Already Done
“Because [Samson] was very thirsty, he cried out to the Lord, ‘You have given your servant this great victory. Must I now die of thirst and fall into the hands of the uncircumcised?’” (Judges 15:18 NIV)
Samson had been divinely helped by the power of the Spirit of God in slaying a thousand Philistines; would not God now quench his thirst? Having done the greater work for him, would God not do the less? This is good reasoning in prayer, and it is a sort of reasoning that God’s children may use. If God has done the great thing for you in answer to prayer, will He not do the less? Having saved your soul and delivered you from the power of sin and of the enemy, will He not supply your temporal needs and care for your body? Having brought us out of darkness into light, will He not now keep us as children of light? If when we were far away He brought us near and gave unto us the Spirit of adoption, will He not now bless us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ? What God has already done should encourage us to pray in faith for what we need now.
-Charles A. Cook (excerpted and adapted from the devotional book When You Call upon the Lord, compiled and edited by Charles A. Cook)
“He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:32)
Read Judges 15:14-20.