Do you think you are too old to be used by God to do any good? Read Exodus 7:7.
Moses and Aaron were just beginning to fulfill God’s call on their lives when they were eighty and eighty-three, respectively.
As long as you have breath and a desire to serve, you’re never too old to be used by God for good. In fact, it could be that it’s just your experience and wisdom that someone around you is in need of.
Is God calling you off the sidelines?
What is God’s design for the human race? His design is to bring about of a new humanity in Jesus Christ.
What’s this new humanity to be like? It’s to be comprised of those who dwell in peace, unity, righteousness, and faith as it is given by the Lord.
Why does the realization of this new humanity seem so difficult? Because there is resistance to it from spiritual forces of wickedness.
How is this resistance to be overcome so God’s design can be brought to fulfillment? By prayer.
This is the message that the Bible gives us about God’s purpose in this world, and how that purpose is to be worked out in reality.
Through Jesus Christ, God the Father has secured the redemption of the human race and the bringing about of a new humanity. As a result, all who belong to this new humanity through faith in Christ are equipped to live differently. They are able to put off the old man and put on the new, and live in peace and righteousness. Through history, God’s Spirit works to cause this new humanity to grow and grow.
What a glorious picture! But it’s a picture not easily realized. It’s much like the promised land of old. Canaan was a place of great blessing, but there were enemies to contend with. The same thing is true regarding our own redemption. All who are in Christ are given hope and promise – but there is resistance that must be dealt with if we are to realize the blessings of redemption.
Because of this, we need God’s ongoing grace — and we need to pray.
Prayer is a general term for various kinds of communication with God. Prayers of adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and supplication are all to be a balanced part of our lives as we seek to have God’s best realized in this world.
Most common is to raise up prayers of petition because we face so many needs and obstacles. And this is something we should do because the Lord tells us that we should ask in order to receive (Jn.16:24).