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As long as I can remember, the opportunities I was able to enter were doors opened after I prayed to the Lord of Israel.

And from today’s sermon with Pastor David Sumrall, I was reminded that:

1. Doors of opportunities open because we prayed to the Lord.

Keep on asking and it will be given you; keep on seeking and you will find; keep on knocking [reverently] and [the door] will be opened to you. For everyone who keeps on asking receives; and he who keeps on seeking finds; and to him who keeps on knocking, [the door] will be opened.

Matthew 7:7-8 AMPC

2. Our prayer life keeps doors open.

But about midnight, as Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the [other] prisoners were listening to them, suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the very foundations of the prison were shaken; and at once all the doors were opened and everyone’s shackles were unfastened. When the jailer, startled out of his sleep, saw that the prison doors were open, he drew his sword and was on the point of killing himself, because he supposed that the prisoners had escaped. But Paul shouted, Do not harm yourself, for we are all here! Then [the jailer] called for lights and rushed in, and trembling andterrified he fell down before Paul and Silas. And he brought them out [of the dungeon] and said, Men, what is it necessary for me to do that I may be saved?

Acts 16:25-30 AMPC

But with everything going on with our lives, it’s easy to slip away from that truth, forget that reality, and spiral down into believing that to be where we want to be would be through our strength alone.

So we keep chasing sunsets and never reach that fulfillment and satisfaction we’ve been yearning for.

However, when we remember that the Lord is in control of the things that we don’t, we find the assurance that with God, all things are possible (Matthew 19:26). In no way do I endorse that you’ll find yourself in places you’re never prepared or equipped to be in. 

Sure, you have to go through preparations and training. But it could only help you get where you want to be up to a point until it’s never enough. Because there are unseen forces at play that wouldn’t budge if the Lord won’t allow it. As Pastor Sumrall put it, God’s plans for us are not made by man but by God alone. Hence, what God has opened for us, no man can shut.

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