Every tree begins from a small seed that bears little outward resemblance to the tree it will someday become. It’s usually difficult to tell much about a baby’s future from its personality at birth, as well. But not long afterwards, both saplings and toddlers demonstrate some of their uniqueness.
Not long after I transplanted an oak tree into my yard, the nearby bonfire withered the leaves, and taking it for dead, I chopped it down. I was surprised to see that, months afterwards, leaves were springing up from the tiny stump. The oak tree is a very strong wood, and hardy. I recognized the strength in the sapling that will one day make a strong and resilient tree in my back yard – and it is once again on its way to being a mighty oak. But the amazing qualities of a mature oak tree can be seen when it is still small.
Though even Jesse, David’s dad, was surprised to see David chosen to be future king, Samuel had the insight to see that God had found “a man after his own heart,” who was a young shepherd – but would one day become a shepherd king.
Now hold your friend up in prayer, and picture them. Pray for insight into them. If it’s true that God formed us even before birth, there must often be indications from our earliest years that he has established some unique things for each of us, to do and to be. Do you know stories of the younger years of your friend’s life? Are there any that seem to you to have prophetic significance of God’s calling on their life? Think about what you know of their early years, and ask God for insight into them, blessing them, and giving thanks. Write down what you get, for later sharing in person, or a quick text to encourage their day.
For an introduction to this Prayer Challenge go here.
For the teaching leading up to this Prayer Challenge see the “Why On Earth: David, calling and the pursuit of God” series.