Richard Wurmbrand in his book, From the Lips of Children, tells the story of a young girl in Russia called Nadia. It was her birthday and she prayed to Jesus asking Him to bring her a bar of chocolate because He was her only hope since her father who gave her a birthday gift of chocolate the previous year was in jail for his faith.

Her older sister rebuked her that they are only allowed to pray for the absolute necessities of life and not dainties like chocolate which was a luxury in Russia. Her mother also agreed that they can pray for food when hungry, clothes when the old ones are worn out, or for good health when they are sick but not for chocolate which was not a necessity of life.

Not long after, there was a knock at the door. The pastor had come to pay the family a visit. He didn’t know anything about the birthday but something had made him buy chocolates for the children.

The Scripture reveals that most of the saving acts of God happened when men have been emptied of any power of saving themselves: Joseph in the prison; Gideon and the Midianites, Daniel and the lions, the Israelites and the Red Sea, etc.

Nadia acknowledged the fact that Jesus was her only hope of getting the chocolate and she got what she wanted. We need to come to the realization that Jesus is all we have and nothing can be achieved outside of him. He is the vine and we are the branches. As the branches cannot do anything without the vine so are we without him.

Let us stop believing in our might or trying to help God. The more we learn to depend upon Him entirely in every issue of life even the mundane, the more progress we make in our Christian walk.