What Can I Even Begin to Do?
"So the Lord said to him [Moses], 'What is that in your hand?'"1
In response to a Daily Encounter on the subject of discovering one’s God-given life purpose, a subscriber whom I shall name "Janet" (not her real name) e-mailed me, saying, “I am disabled. I can't drive and am homebound. I can barely take care of myself; so what can my purpose be? I have multiple fractures of my spine and could go on with all my surgeries. What can I even begin to do?" Following is my reply:
“Dear Janet, I am very saddened to hear of your condition. This has to be a terrible challenge. However, here is a possible suggestion. Because you have an e-mail address and can at least send e-mail messages, tell God that you are available for Him to use and ask Him to use you to be an encourager of others via sending positive e-mail messages, or to give you a ministry using your computer and e-mail. Also, you could have a wonderful prayer ministry and be greatly used by God in this area.
"For simple and practical ideas that you could use in a personal ministry, please check out this website at: http://www.actsweb.org/people_power_invite.php. God could certainly use you in this ministry as a People Power for Jesus Partner to reach others with the saving gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
"Here is a suggested prayer that you could pray at the beginning of every day: "Dear God, today I commit and trust my life and way to you. Oh that you would bless me wonderfully. Please be with me in everything I do. Greatly expand my Christian borders, and keep me from all evil, harm and disaster. Also, I am available again today. Please make me usable and use me to be an effective witness for Jesus and to be 'as Jesus' in some way to every life I have contact with, whether it be in person, through an email, a letter, or via the telephone. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus's name. Amen."
I have been praying this prayer every morning since my youth, and plan on praying it every morning for the rest of my life. Nobody is more amazed than I am in how God has faithfully answered this prayer over so many years. If you will make yourself available to God for Him to use and genuinely want Him so to do, I can guarantee that God will use you to be a wonderful blessing to the lives you touch.
When God called Moses to lead the Children of Israel out of slavery in Egypt, Moses didn’t know how he was going to do the job; so God simply told him to use what he had in his hand. That’s how God uses each one of us … He calls us to use what He has already given to us and what we already have.
My suggested prayer for today, for every Daily Encounter subscriber, is the prayer that I suggested for Janet to pray.
1. Exodus 4:2 (NKJV).