I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it. ~Psalm 81:10
When small children begin their experience of going to the dentist, the common phrase of the dentist to them is, “Open wide your mouth.” I vividly remember the times when the dentist had to tell me, “Open wide.” God originated this phrase when He spoke to Israel about its privileges and priorities as His people. Our devotion this morning is a divine invitation to approach God unreservedly in order to access His power and working in our lives.
We see the relationship.
“I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt.” We see God in His essence. He is the Lord Who is self-existent. He always is, was, and will be. He is eternal and infinite. We see God Who is essential. He is God Who is personal to every one of His children. He is God Who is preeminent: He must be first place in all areas of our life. We see God Who is extraordinary. God miraculously delivered Israel out of Egyptian slavery and bondage. He parted the Red Sea and dried the seabed so that all of them could cross over without hindrance. We have a relationship with a God Who saved us, is mighty, and loves us.
We see the regulation.
God said, “Open thy mouth.” There is the call to prayer. “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not” (Jeremiah 33:3). There is the command to pray. "Men ought always to pray, and not to faint" (Luke 18:1). Prayer is a vital spiritual exercise that enables us to bring our requests to God, communicate to Him our thanksgiving and praise, and build holiness in us. Prayer is as vital to us as water is to fish, breathing is for our lungs, and a doctor is when we are sick. F.B. Meyer said, “The greatest tragedy of life is not unanswered prayer, but unoffered prayer.” Open your mouth to God in prayer.
We see the requirement.
“Open thy mouth wide.” Faith is a requirement in praying. Faith is when we ask for the extraordinary. These are breakthroughs, events, and possibilities that only God can do. Joshua opened his mouth wide for God to hold the sun still for an entire day. Elijah opened his mouth wide for God to send fire and rain from Heaven on the same day. Faith is when we believe that God is and that He is a Rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. Jesus said that we must pray, believing. If we want to see the great and mighty things of God, we must open our mouth wide and ask in faith.
We see the result.
God said, “I will fill it.” That’s a guarantee from our Lord. First, He gives us grace to help in time of need. Second, He gives us the peace of God which passeth all understanding. Third, He says that if we know how to give good gifts to our children, how much more shall He give good things to them that ask of Him? Fourth, He will do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think. Fifth, He answers us in accordance to His will. Sixth, when we delight ourselves in the Lord, He gives us the desires of our heart. We must be big, be bold, and believe when we pray. God said that He will fill our mouths with good things.
This morning, "open thy mouth wide." Make prayer more exciting and extensive than ever before. Open wide, and He will fill it!
Have a prayer-filled God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Proverbs 22-23