Women who faithfully pray still get sick. Life still disappoints. Children cause grief, husbands lose jobs or much worse, lose interest in marriage.
Yet these women still pray.
By praying, they know, “In all their distress he too was distressed, and the angel of his presence saved them. In his love and mercy he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old” (Isaiah 63:9).
Ezra believed God’s hand was on them, so rather than ask for protection from men, he prayed.
The Bible tells what happened: “We fasted and implored God for this, and he listened to our entreaty” (Ezra 8:23).
Take prayer, and God’s answers, seriously.
God is under no obligation to answer our prayers. He hears prayer because He is good, and for no other reason.*
Truly God is good (Psalm 73:1).
*adapted from A.W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy, The Pursuit of God, God’s Pursuit of Man, p. 143.
On May 16, 2017, a beloved friend passed into eternity. We miss her. A lot.
Yet we know she is with the Lord.
How can we be so certain?
Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved (Romans 10:13).
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal live (John 3:16).
Guilty, you enter God’s throne room. Jesus sits beside our Father, pleading for you. His sacrifice atoned for your sin. The Holy Spirit is also there, praying for you, with groans that can’t be expressed in words.
You rise up, forgiven! (from 1 John 2:1-2; Romans 8:26; I John 1:9)
“All God’s acts are done in perfect wisdom, first for His own glory, and then for the highest good of the greatest number for the longest time.”*
It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most High (Psalm 92:1).
*A.W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy, The Pursuit of God, God’s Pursuit of Man, Three Spiritual Classics in One Volume, p. 108.
God’s people had been unfaithful. The king commanded them to cleanse the temple. Then they made sin offerings. After that they brought thank offerings and sacrifices to God (read the story in 2 Chronicles 29).
Follow their example if you have been unfaithful. Stop your sinning, make restitution, be thankful for God’s forgiveness and present your bodies a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1).
The Lord has chosen you to stand in his presence (2 Chronicles 29:11).
Enter his gates with thanskgiving, and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name (Psalm 100:4)!