Daily Devotional by Pam Ford Davis

Doors of Opportunity

Popeye-the Sailor cartoons were among my favorites as a child.

Popeye was the star but there were many other characters who tried to steal the show.

Olive Oyl was his leading lady; Bluto was his arch-enemy. Wimpy craved hamburgers and Popeye’s nephews were too cute to forget. In case you’re interested the nephew’s names were Pipeye, Peepeye, Poopeye, and Pupeye.

How’s that for originality?

One 1937 cartoon had Popeye chasing a band of Arabian Nights thieves to their hideout cave. Demanding entrance, our hero cries out, ‘Open, says me!’

Says who?

Says Popeye, that’s who.

I’m no hero. Yet, I do have God-given authority. If I’ll knock; He promises to open.

“Keep asking, and it will be given to you. Keep searching, and you will find. Keep knocking, and the door will be opened to you (Matthew 7:7 HCSB).”

God frequently opens doors of opportunity. Don’t forget, there are two sides to every door.

At times, open doors lead to opposition and persecution.

… “because a wide door for effective ministry has opened for me—yet many oppose me (1 Corinthians 16:9 HCSB).”

Apostle Paul depended on the prayer support of other believers. He was blessed through the prayers of churches and fellow laborers in the ministry.

Do you have a strong prayer support system?

Are you praying for others? They seek open doors too.

“Pray at all times in the Spirit with every prayer and request, and stay alert in this with all perseverance and intercession for all the saints (Ephesians 6:18 HCSB).”

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