Prayer Focus: Europe

Bible Reading: Exodus 5-9

Scripture

Moses said to Pharaoh, “I leave to you the honor of setting the time for me to pray for you and your officials and your people that you and your houses may be rid of the frogs, except for those that remain in the Nile.”

“Tomorrow,” Pharaoh said.

Moses replied, “It will be as you say, so that you may know there is no one like the LORD our God. (Exodus 8:9-10)

Observation

The narrative of the plagues is fascinating in so many ways. To me, none is more fascinating than the frogs. Moses gives Pharaoh the “honor of setting the time” for the frogs to cease. If it were up to me, I would say, “Now.” As author Winkie Pratney once said, Pharaoh wanted “one more night with the frogs.”

Application

I wonder how many times I procrastinate and delay things that should be done now. Why do I postpone blessings and opportunities that will enrich my life and possibly the lives of others? Why do I worry about tomorrow when there is so much of today that needs to be seized?

Prayer

LORD, I am grateful for tomorrow, but there are no guarantees that I will be alive to experience it. I do, however, have today to live fully. I want to make the most of every breath I breathe. Give me the courage to tackle those unpleasant things on my to-do list rather than saving them for tomorrow. Grant me the strength to passionately pursue every opportunity to love You and others in this day. Help me to carpe diem (seize the day). Thank You for the gift of today and all of the hope and promise that it possesses. I want to do this day—and every day that follows—with You! In Jesus’ Name, amen.

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