A wise friend told me, “The Sovereign Lord wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught (Isaiah 50:4).”
When He wakes her, she wonders, “What do you have for me today, Lord?”
Then she opens her Bible and reads, ready to respond to whatever He says.
The Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words, according to the will of God (from Romans 8:26-27)
Our Heavenly Father listens to the Spirit’s prayers. For those who love God all things work together for good (Romans 8:28).
The Lord knows what we’re going to say, even before we say it. But he still bends down to listen to us pray (see Psalm 139:4; 116:2).
The Lord listens so well; may He hear us praise His name!
I call to God and he hears my voice (from Psalm 55:16-17).
We pray to One who listens.
We tell our grandchildren that God answers prayer. God showed them He does.
Three granddaughters and their parents left our apartment right on schedule. The elevator came. We got on. The door shut. The elevator didn’t move. The door wouldn’t open. We pushed the help button.
Grandpa said, “Let’s all pray, ‘Father, we need your help.'” The elevator moved. When it stopped, the door opened. We made it outside before their Uber ride to the airport arrived. We thanked God!
God used an elevator emergency to show our granddaughters that He answers prayer.
May we never forget.
Lord, I wait for you;
You will answer, Lord my God (Psalm 38:15).
Wait for the Lord.
And as you wait, pray.
What they were doing was unpleasant, and potentially harmful, but it is legal.
So we prayed.
We endured for a little longer, and then suddenly they stopped. Someone on the other side of the world made a decision that changed everything.
“It is possible to move men by God through prayer.” ~Hudson Taylor
Notice what Solomon did before and after he asked for wisdom.
The king went to an important place of worship and sacrificed 1,000 burnt offerings to the Lord. That night the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream (from 1 Kings 3:4-5).”
“Solomon woke up, returned to Jerusalem, stood before the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant, and sacrificed burnt offerings and peace offerings (from 1 Kings 3:15).”
When Solomon was born, we’re told, “The Lord loved the child (2 Samuel 14:24).
When Solomon became king, we’re told, “Solomon loved the Lord (1 Kings 3:3).”
“We love him, because he first loved us (1 John 4:19 KJV).”
As you pray, remember the Lord loves you. Do you love Him?
David asked the Lord, “Should I go out to fight?”
The Lord replied to David, “Yes, go ahead.”
So David went and defeated the Philistines.
“The Lord did it!” David exclaimed.
“He burst through my enemies like a raging flood (from 2 Samuel 5:19-20).”