Guest blogger: June Felix
Recently I was blessed to receive a prayer request from a friend who is a pastor in India. Currently that friend’s church meets under a tree for service; for many years, they have prayed for a church building of their own. Included with the prayer request was a picture of my friend with a man who held a single brick.
My friend had a smile that reached to the heavens — because the Lord had blessed the congregation with another brick, which they carefully added to a very small pile.
Father, what am I supposed to do just with one brick?
For a long time, I looked at this picture and prayed for my friend and his growing church family. As I prayed, I realized that the Holy Spirit was bringing a very important question into my mind: “Do you smile, Daughter, when I give you a single brick?” My answer was somewhat disappointing. I had to confess that, most of the time, I stare in disbelief and confusion, wondering if I prayed hard and long enough. Sometimes I wonder if God Almighty may have misunderstood my great need. I look up with tear-filled eyes, asking, “Father, what am I supposed to do just with one brick?”
The Bible says, in Philippians 1:6, that we can be “confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you, will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.”
In all my prayers for all of you, I will always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. — Philippians 1:4-6
This passage of truth holds great and unfailing promise for believers because it speaks to the Lord’s great love, power, and faithfulness. We know that He hears every prayer and meets every need. However, so often you and I are handed a spiritual brick, and we forget that God sees everything all at once and that He is faithful to complete the great work that He has begun in our lives — work that would be incomplete and fall apart without that most important single brick.
Today, my prayer for you and for myself is that we will be just like my friend in India: holding one brick at a time, thankfully placing it where it belongs, and praising God with open hearts and minds to the truth that God is faithful. That He gives us exactly what we need, in perfect time and measure.
He gives us exactly what we need, in perfect time and measure.
When was the last time you prayed for something big and God handed you a single “spiritual brick,” and how can passages like Philippians 1:6 help you to understand His gift?
This blog orginally posted on 10/9/12 on FaithlifeWomen.com and can be read in its entirety here.