I love the passage in Daniel where the Angel is telling him,
“Don’t be afraid Daniel, Since the first day you began to pray for understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your request has been heard in heaven. I have come to answer your prayer.” Daniel 10:12 (NLT)
Think about those words, “Since the first day you began to pray…” God was listening and moving on his behalf. That is so stirring to me.
It’s like God holds up His hand in heaven, and says – “Quiet everyone, my son/daughter is speaking to me, and I need to hear, so that we can take action on this request.” We mean so much to God that all of heaven stands still at your prayer.
I write these words and the impact of them hit me right between the eyes and bring tears. How many times have I not prayed or prayed in a dutiful way over a meal? How many times have I questioned God in my prayers or even had selfish prayers?
God wants to hear from us… talk with us … move on our behalf. And yet, how many time are we silent… or impatient? I have to be honest – I have been all of that. How about you?
When I look at the Bible, I see how God repeatedly responded to prayer. His people would cry out. David or Solomon would pray. And God would take action on their behalf.
I have seen God take action on my behalf. Seeing all that God has done for me and through me is humbling. I know that many of you have similar stories.
And yet, we still struggle. Sometimes it looks like depression or anxiety over a situation or circumstance. Other times it is a feeling of being overwhelmed or uncertain of what to do next. Then there are times when we simply do not understand why God has not intervened to stop the hurting.
I have to be direct here – I have struggled with all of this myself and will not pretend to have all the answers. But one thing I know is this – God is good and works all things together for the good for those that love Him and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). In other words, God is working behind the scenes to do what we cannot. He does not say that all things are good. But He says He will take the very worst and bring something good from it.
So, God wants to hear from you today. Just like He wants to hear from me. He wants to move on that request and talk with us.
In expectation of God moving mountains, will you pray today?
P.S. I am praying for you today.