“Mighty hero, the Lord is with you!”
“If the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? And where are all the miracles our ancestors told us about?”
“Go with the strength you have, and rescue Israel. I am sending you!”
“Me? My clan is weakest and I am the least in my entire family.”
The Lord said to him, “I will be with you.”
“If you are truly going to help me, show me a sign to prove that is is really the Lord speaking to me (from Judges 6:12-17).”
The Lord gave him a sign, answering his doubt-filled questions.
Stories of answered prayer encourage us to pray. But they don’t increase our faith.
Faith is the evidence of things not seen—faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses (from Hebrews 11:1 AMP).
Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17).
Faith in prayer is based on who God is and what He is like.
The Lord loves us because he loves us (read Deuteronomy 7:7-8).
We love him, because he first loved us (1John 4:19).
Love and prayer are our response to God.
My friend enjoys the blessing of God’s presence. She walks all over the city praying. Out loud.
She believes and knows that God has said, “I will walk among you and will be your God, and you shall be my people (Leviticus 26:12).”
God says, “I am the Lord your God (Leviticus 23:33).”
We respond, “You are my Lord.”
Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet God.
Moses spoke, and God answered him (Exodus 19:19).
Your time of prayer is a meeting with God.
The people of Israel groaned because of their slavery.
God heard their groaning (from Exodus 2:23-24).
God saw Leah’s sorrow. When He blessed her, she said:
“The Lord has looked upon my affliction.”
“The Lord has heard that I am hated.“
“This time I will praise the Lord (from Genesis 29:31-35).”
Let your sorrow lead to praise.
Long ago “people began to call upon the name of the Lord (Genesis 4:26).”
Today anyone and “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved (Romans 10:13).”
“There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved (Acts 4:12).”
God knows our hearts. He searches them (from Luke 16:15; Romans 8:27).
Here’s what He sees: “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure (Jeremiah 17:9).”
It’s no surprise that “the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express (Romans 8:26).”