25th May 2020

The First Message!

“See what God has done!”
Numbers 23:23 (NIV)

Perhaps you remember Samuel Morse? He invented the wireless telegraph system, that could send messages anywhere either by paper tape or, incredibly, just by sound tapping out messages on a sending key using dots and dashes! What an amazing invention! This method of long-distance communication was developed by Morse in the 1830s and 1840s and it transformed the way wars were fought, and how journalists and newspapers conducted business. Rather than taking weeks to be delivered by horse and cart, pieces of mail could be exchanged between telegraph stations almost instantly. It also had a profound economic effect, allowing money to be “wired” across great distances.

I guess, that, like myself, you are familiar with this but what I didn’t know was that he sent the first message, tapped on a morse key to his friend Alfred Vail on 24 May 1844. This message travelled over telegraph “wires” between Washington D.C. and Baltimore and the message was; “What hath God wrought?” Taken from a scripture in the Bible—Numbers 23:23 (KJV). Morse was a deeply religious man. Once he was asked what he did over the years when he came up against a brick wall—a problem that he couldn’t solve. He replied, “I went to my knees and asked God for light and understanding and he always showed me the way! I believe God wanted the telegraph to be invented for the good of mankind.” The prayers of Samuel Morse unleashed an enormous power in the world—the power of electrical communication.

Similarly, the prayers of God’s people tap into the omnipotence of their Father; the great God of all power! He is power unlimited; nothing is too tiny; nothing is too gigantic; and he is willing to intervene in every situation for them. One of God’s great apostles, Paul, continually focussed on making sure that we always had this in mind also. He writes; “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen” (Ephesians 3:20-21). Prayer changes things, prayer brings deliverance, prayer alters situations in our lives that we could never deal with by ourselves and in our own strength! Hope you will try this long-distance communication; and if you have, how was it?

Almighty Father, thank you that all things are under your control. Help us to cry out to you for your awesome intervention and always seek your help.

Study by Cliff Neill

About the Author:
Cliff Neill is an Elder in Grace Communion Church Luton.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion Church Luton
Farley Hill Methodist Church
North Drift Way
Farley Hill

Meeting Time:
Saturday 10:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Harry Sullivan
Phone: 01908-582222
Email: luton@gracecom.church

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