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Day One

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. Genesis 1:1-4

The Hubble Telescope has been orbiting the earth since 1990 taking pictures into deep space. On June 8, 1992, it took a picture of the center of the M51 Whirlpool Galaxy which is 23 million light years from our galaxy. The picture of the core revealed a massive black hole shaped like a cross. It may look small, but the width of the cross is 1,100 light-years across. That means if you could travel at 186,234 miles per second, it would take you over a thousand years to get from one side of the cross to the other. Scientists believe the black hole has been there for millions of years. It’s as if God is saying, “I’m glad you finally got here because this is what I wanted to show you.”

The miracle of creation is God showing you His glory. Since the beginning, God wants to get your full attention on Him. With the sound of His voice, “Let there be light,” the darkness was separated from the light and there was light.

Creation is a miracle to reveal the all-surpassing power of God in the heavens and the earth. Christian physicist and MIT professor Ian Hutchinson ask “Can a scientist believe in miracles?” Hutchinson sometimes begins his talks by saying, “Can scientists believe in miracles? We can answer that question pretty easily—I’m a scientist and believe in miracles. So, the answer is yes.” He notes that most of us don’t understand the Bible’s view of miracles. He says, “We tend to view God as mostly hands-off, standing on the sidelines, letting nature look after itself, but then on rare occasions reaching in to tweak things by the odd miracle here and there.” But Hutchinson argues that according to the Bible, “God continuously holds the universe in the palm of his hand … It exists because of his continuous creative power and will: If he were to stop exerting that upholding power, stop paying attention to every part of the universe, it would instantly cease to exist.” Thus, he defines a miracle this way: A miracle is “an extraordinary act of God” by which God “upholds a part of the universe in a manner different from the normal.”

The purpose of 21 Days of Prayer is to hear the voice of God say, “I’m so glad you finally got here because I want to show you the miracle of miracles: my glory.” Take time to ask God for more of His glory in your life. Take time to ask God for more of His glory in your relationships. Take time to ask God to prepare your heart and mind for these next days of prayer for our community, city, state, nation, and world.

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 prayer challenge with us at NewLife.