What Seems Impossible for You Today?

June 27, 2014 | 17 comments

What seems impossible for you today?

Do not discount the small glimmer of hope, the tiny shred of evidence that God is building something grand before your very eyes.

It might look impossibly small — maybe about the size of one very small cloud on the backdrop of the unending sky.

But miracles often have very small beginnings. 

That’s how it went down for Elijah when he prayed for sorely needed rain. Seven times, Elijah prayed. He had his servant look toward the sea and the sky. Again and again, the servant returned to Elijah: “I didn’t see anything.”

Finally, on the seventh time, the servant reported back: “I saw a little cloud about the size of a man’s hand rising from the sea.”

Soon the sky was filled with clouds, bringing a terrific rain.

Don’t give up. Press in close to Jesus. Pray your heart out and ask a friend to pray with you. And then pray your heart out again. Then, look to the sky, for you might see it there–

the smallest cloud.

Your answer, coming.

Your miracle, building before your very eyes.

How can I pray for you?

Can I be that friend today? Looking to the sky for one cloud, the size of a hand?

by | June 27, 2014 | 17 comments

17 Comments

  1. Lynn Cowell

    Hi Jennifer – sitting in the Atlanta airport, flying out to speak in OKC. I didn’t sleep well last night; feel weary. Desperate for God to pour through me tomorrow. Thank you!

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    • dukeslee

      Absolutely Lynn…

      Dear Lord, Right now I lift up to you Lynn and the entire Proverbs 31 Ministries speakers group. Thank you for all that you’ve done through our sisters at P31. What there doing? It’s more than a small fist-sized cloud … but a huge cloud that rains down relief on parched hearts. Give Lynn a restful night’s sleep. Lift the weariness from her body. Grant her much REST and great strength, through your spirit. She has a heart like yours, and desires to bring a meaningful message tomorrow. I praise you in advance, Holy Spirit, for all you’ll do through Lynn. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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  2. Matthew Kreider

    Oh, Jennifer. I would be extremely grateful for prayer today. Even a small prayer about the size of your hand. Thank you so much for this message today and for reminding me of the shape of faith. Even if vapoury and formless at first, that rain will come. I will keep my eyes (and ears) open today.

    So often I wish I could translate my deep gratitude for your heart and your words into a wave of encouragement in your direction. Maybe that will be my prayer, for you, today.

    Be blessed, encouraged and sopping wet with Grace. It’s going to rain.

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    • dukeslee

      Really grateful to see you here, Matthew, and it’s a joy to pray with you and for you. Praying that the clouds of God’s faithfulness build big time above you!

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  3. Terry Felix

    What a beautiful, encouraging post. I am desperately searching for that tiny cloud. Our adjuster sent another house plan/bid package off to the top people at the insurance company yesterday so maybe after 7 long months we can get started rebuilding our home. We have been promised much and disappointed every. single. time. by this company so it is hard to feel hopeful anymore. Thank God that my hope is not in some company but our generous Father who has been good and faithful every single step of the way. We are emotionally and physically exhausted from this fight and could use prayer for strength, endurance, and wisdom for how to proceed if we are denied what our policy should be paying us once again.

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    • dukeslee

      Thank you, Terry, for sharing your thoughts and concerns here in the comment box, and for allowing me the opportunity to walk with you this afternoon in prayer.

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  4. Debbie

    Please pray for my son to surrender his life to the lord

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    • dukeslee

      Hi Debbie, I have prayed for your son today, and for you as well. Thank you for entrusting me with your prayer concerns.

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  5. Pam Cason

    How timely and encouraging this post has been for me today! I have a 13-year-old cousin diagnosed with Leukemia who is receiving a bone marrow transplant today. We are praying for complete healing and for God’s glory to shine through this darkness. This transplant is our little cloud. The miracle’s coming . . .

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    • dukeslee

      Hi Pam! How did the transplant go? I am praying right now that that little cloud builds into something marvelous, and that your cousin is healed completely.

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      • Pam Cason

        Thank you for praying for and asking about Noah, Jennifer. The transplant went as planned and prayerfully will continue to be accepted by his body. We continue to pray as we wait. Continued prayers are appreciated.

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  6. Leah Adams

    My Mother battles dementia…..which means my sister and I also battle along with her. Another family member is having marriage struggles. Thank you. How may I pray for you, sweet friend?

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    • dukeslee

      Dear Lord, I pray for Leah’s mother, for her mind and her spirit, and the periods of frustration that she must surely face. I pray also for Leah and her sister, Lord. Give them your strength through the power of the Holy Spirit to care for and serve their mother. I pray also that you would strengthen the marriage of her family member. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

      Thank you, Leah. I would love your prayers for my writing life. Thank you so much!

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      • Leah Adams

        Heavenly Father, Author of the Word, I ask you to allow your Spirit to fall fresh upon Jennifer and give her the words she needs as she writes. Words that flow directly from Your heart into hers, and ultimately into the hearts that need to read them. Please help her carve out time to write in her busy days. Thank you, Father, for Jennifer and her heart to see others walk in freedom. Amen!

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  7. melody hester

    yes, I love this. Miracles do have small beginnings. Would love your prayer for a woman who is in the midst of a serious drug addiction. She is clean right now but struggling to stay that way….feels unworthy of coming to church with me. We’ve had countless talks on her back porch. My prayer is that she will come to church with me this Sunday and feel welcomed into our church family.

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    • dukeslee

      Thank you, Melody. Praying, right now, that the Holy Spirit would stir in your friend’s heart, and that she would have an otherwise inexplainable desire to attend worship with you tomorrow, and that she would be touched by the Lord in a very special way.

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      • melody hester

        I know it’s like two months later but I just need to share that God is hearing our prayers and this woman and now her boyfriend and their two daughters are attending our church regularly and connecting with other people. They are feeling loved and accepted and excited about growing in their walk with the Lord. God is so good! Please continue to pray for this family to keep growing in their faith.

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