May 18, 2011

Posted by Tiffany Huba in Young Women | 0 Comments

Shoebox Prayers

Sometime around 1600-1200 BC, in Mesopotamia, shoes (sandals) were introduced to mankind. They were simply created for the protection of the feet. It wasn’t until 1850 that there was an actual distinction between a right and a left shoe. Feet can be smelly, feet can be odd in appearance but they are still are a part of us. What’s the first thing that pops into your head when someone says feet? Is it, “I’m in need of a good pedicure,” or “I wish I’d stop putting my foot in my mouth?” Or “I need new shoes.”? Yeah, we don’t give much thought to our feet. However, the irony is that the protection of feet is mentioned in the “Amor of God”. Ephesians 6: 15 says,” And having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace.” The NIV version says, “For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared.” We can understand that God saw protecting our feet as equally as important as protecting of our heads or our hearts.

Shoes are one of woman’s many fashion weaknesses. Polls have revealed, on average, women have at least 44 pairs of shoes. Needless to say women have plenty of options and have the ability to change what protects her feet each day. However, when it comes to our spiritual self, we don’t want to be the fickle with the truth. Buy that truth and sell it not, keep that Holy Ghost on your feet. Ha!

A shoebox, shoe-box or shoe box according to Dictionary.com is a box for storing shoes. Now, as ladies we are very familiar with something that stores some of our favorite things. However, I wonder how many of us pay attention to shoe boxes. We normally grab the shoes and go. But a shoebox has more meaning than just holding the price tag. A shoe box is what provides the shoes protection. It’s what let’s you carry the gift you purchased.

I’d like to say God is like a shoebox. The world may be deceived by the cardboard outside but they have no idea what cute pumps he has inside. As long as you have the box, you can see the size, the brand, the price, if the shoes loose their identity; you can find it in the box. We know we can find our identity in Christ.

Have you ever walked on rocks without shoes? Yeah, that’s like trying to fight sin without the Holy Ghost. It’s the strong shoe that helps you crush things you wouldn’t be able to do barefooted. However, remember your shoes aren’t apart of you, so you can’t take all the credit. Just as when we work in the spirit, it’s God in us. If you allow Him, He can use you and Holy ghost in you to defeat all your enemies. (Romans 16:20 “And the God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.”)

“The Azusa Street meetings were characterized by supernatural manifestations of the Holy Spirit with many signs and wonders. Much of the time as these things were taking place, Brother Seymour sat with his head inside an old shoe box praying and seeking God to move in even greater ways.”
(www.theoldtimegospel.com)

Modern day Pentecost had hit America in 1906, and it was a phenomenon that we can know was a result of the prayers of people like William Seymour. You see, Seymour was at a place where he definitely wasn’t concerned about “shoes”, or really worried about receiving “a gift.” He just wanted God, and the gift still came. He buried his face in a shoebox. He blocked out everything around him and lingered in His presences. It’s those kind of prayers that brings revival. Sometimes, we have to put the shoes down, forget the thanks for blessings and just worship God for Him being God. That’s the prayers that he loves. It shows we don’t love Him for what He gives, but for who He is. Those are the shoebox prayers.

So remember the next time you buy a pair of shoes for an outfit, keep the box. It’ll make a good prayer accessory.

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