God sits on His throne in His temple. Jesus sits beside Him, vigorously pleading for those He loves. For us. The Holy Spirit is there too. On our behalf He utters groans that words cannot express. And then there’s us. Sitting here, yet welcomed into the presence of this Almighty God (Psalm 11:4, Psalm 18:6, Jeremiah 50:34, Hebrews 7:24-25, Romans 8:26-27).
–He invites us to come with confidence (Hebrews 4:16).
–He tells us our prayers are powerful and effective (James 5:16).
–He says pray about anything and everything. When we do He gives us His peace (Philippians 4:5-6).
–He tells us that faith the size of a mustard seed can say to a mountain, –“Move!” and it will move (Matthew 17:20).
–God says He loves us more than we can know and that He is able and willing to do more than we ask or imagine. (Ephesians 3:18-20)
I was in food store. A thought flashed across my mind, “Buy celery.” I argued in my head. We don’t like celery.” The thought came again. “Buy celery.” I argued again. “When I buy celery, we throw most of it away.”
My young daughter came home with a note from her teacher. “Can you please send celery to school tomorrow?”
I learned a lesson that day. When an idea or thought just doesn’t make sense, it could be from God.
Sometimes we pray for a long time without seeing change. Consider the Israelites and have hope.
They cried for help. God heard, remembered his covenant and knew it was time to act. But first, He appeared to Moses and told him the rescue plan. When Moses went to Egypt, life got harder for the Israelites. Even Moses said, “You have done nothing to rescue them (Exodus 5:23)!” God sent ten plagues, one at a time. The Israelites journeyed to and then through the Red Sea. That was when they finally saw God’s answer to their prayers.*
I read Job 38-40 as though God were speaking to me. I was silenced and overwhelmed by God’s greatness.
Here’s some of what God asked: Where you there when I laid the foundations of the earth (Job 38:4)? Have you ever commanded the morning to appear (Job 38:12)? Do you know where the gates of death are located (Job 38:17)? Are you as strong as God (Job 40:9)?