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A Prayer to Trust God for Provision
By Victoria Riollano

“She gave this name to the LORD who spoke to her: ‘You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.’” - Gen. 16:13

My son was five years old. Yet, he was growing fast. Clothes that fit him at the start of the school year were now tight, uncomfortable, and far too short for his growing legs only two months later. As I got him ready for the bus stop, I quietly prayed “Lord, please provide for my son, we need help.” I can recall that aching feeling of knowing my child was in need but not having the means to provide it. I didn’t whisper a word to anyone out of shame and continued my day. Later that day, while leaving my son’s bus stop after school, I heard a neighbor calling my name. “Victoria, Victoria, I have something for you.” As she approached me, she handed me three oversized paper bags bursting with clothes. Barely able to carry it all she exclaimed, “I am so sorry I have been meaning to give this to you for weeks.” Needless to say, my eyes filled with tears. Before I had even prayed the prayer earlier that morning, God had already provided the need. He had already put the need in my neighbor’s heart to bless me. Not only was my son blessed but he had enough clothes to last him for many more growth spurts. The Lord had provided.

Moments like this lead me back to His Word. He assures us that He will never leave us or forsake us. He reminds us that He owns it all and that He has limitless resources. He tells us that if we would ask for anything according to His will, we shall receive it. He even knows our thoughts and inner desires. What marvelous love is this! 

In Genesis, we see a story of a mother who also found herself in need. Hagar, a woman, who was pregnant and was being mistreated by those who should have been protecting her, was hurting, and decided to run away. It was here that God met her. He spoke life into her situation and vision of who her son would become. In this moment she says these words, You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.” God saw her pain; He saw her situation. He saw her need and He saw her future! In this moment, she was reminded that she was not alone and that God would provide for every need.

Today, may we be reminded that we have a God who sees us. He hears our cries for help, even the silent ones. He knows what those we care for are in need of, and it is His good pleasure to show us His goodness. May you be encouraged to seek the Lord and know that He answers.

Gen. 16:13, inspirational image

Let’s pray:

Lord, I thank you for noticing my need. You prepare blessings for me before I even get a chance to ask. You place my name in the hearts of many and use others to bless me when hard times come. God, I thank you that I can trust you. I praise you for the provision and help in my time of need. Help me to never take you for granted or forget that you see me. Be with me and guide me closer to you in every situation. Help me to have peace and rest knowing that you care for your creation and that I am your beloved child. I love you, Lord. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Photo credit: ©SalemDesign/Bethany Pyle

Victoria Riollano is an author, blogger, and speaker. As a mother of six, military spouse, Psychology professor and minister’s wife, Victoria has learned the art of balancing family and accomplishing God’s ultimate purpose for her life. Recently, Victoria released her book, The Victory Walk: A 21 Day Devotional on Living A Victorious Life.  Her ultimate desire is to empower women to live a life of victory, hope, and love. She believes that with Christ we can live a life that is ALWAYS winning. You can learn more about her ministry at victoryspeaks.org.

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