Not long ago, I was in a meeting that impacted me greatly. It wasn’t meant to be religious. As a matter of fact, at times it could be rather sacrilegious. But this time was different. Several in the group mentioned prayer needs, thus sobering our usual levity. To my surprise, the leader told the group he didn’t want to offend anyone, but he was going to lead us in prayer.
The prayer was simple and heartfelt and for that I was grateful. What caught my attention, however, was the urgency of his request. He approached the Lord with reverence, but in a way that took me by storm. A couple of the needs were for health and the request involved upcoming surgery. So his prayer went this way. “Now Lord, you live in eternity, but we do not, and we ask that you bring healing today.”
God is sovereign and can heal today, tomorrow or not at all … that is a reality. But what struck me was the boldness of his request. “We need this healing … today!” God’s word encourages us to come boldly and so he did.
But what got my attention was the way he said, “Today.”
We live in the ‘Today’ time frame. Yesterday is littered with our human frailties and failures. Tomorrow is yet unstained. Jesus admonished us “not to be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Matthew 6:34. But today is ours to live. And in reality, each moment is ours to succeed or fail, use wisely or waste.
I am reminded what God said about today. In Hebrews the writer used the phrase, “today,” five times. Hebrews 4:7 “Today if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.”
We are urged to pray, “Lord, give us this day (today) our daily needs.”
Although God is eternal, while our Lord walked the earth, He lived one day at a time. Thus, it is said in Hebrews 13:8 that “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.”
On the cross, our Lord told the thief next to him, “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise,” Luke 23:43. Not tomorrow, not someday, but today!
So weary traveler, be not discouraged. Though our days are numbered, we are encouraged to redeem them, to use each day for God’s glory and rejoice in them because each one has been specifically designed by Him.
Do it today and every day.