“He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him and honor him.”
“So I tell you to ask and you will receive, search and you will find, knock and the door will be opened for you.”
Our Father God very much wants to put us into a ‘win-win’ situation. This is remarkable considering our our pathetic condition. It seems we cannot generate enough steam to reduce the tension in our own lives, much less others. We are more or less ‘babes in the woods’ when it comes to anything of spiritual consequence. We can only hope that He goes before us, unlocking doors, and making us look important.
But these verses do act as an encouragement. He fully intends that we step into a door that has been widened and opened for us to step through, right into a room of full grace and assurance. He intends that we make it real, and accept all that is done for us, in His grace and mercy.
Prayer is incredible. When we finally begin to understand, we start to see that He is actively encouraging us to step’ into the wind.’ To stand and not be ‘wimps’. To become disciples who are open to seeing things that take on a supernatural significance; so we must make the decision to become sensitive to the needs of others.
The Father is excavating a deeper place for us to pray. As we step into this new place, we find an increased amplitude to extend ourselves into the lives of the struggling among us. There becomes for us a new place of a strong intercession, something that is substantially fresh and aware. It doesn’t seem to get more sophisticated, only more gentle and alert.
But we must pray. We must engage the enemy that tries to advance. To fail in doing this leaves many unprotected and vulnerable. It really is not acceptable for us to let Satan roll over our friend’s hearts and lives. We must provide resistance and strength to our loved ones. They may never know the prayer we offered them; until heaven.
Prayer is our key, and we need to move with it in a deliberate and direct manner. So much of the enemy’s focus is directed towards our times of prayer. Prayer disturbs him. He tries to ‘corral’ us and to reduce our access to the Father. But if we only press forward, we will find a freedom and liberty waiting for us.
“Men may spurn our appeals, reject our message, oppose our arguments, despise our person- but they are helpless against our prayer. Fellow Christians who love the cause of Christ- to prayer! To prayer! The times are calling us to it. We must press on.”
— Sidlow Baxter
- Ole Hallesby – The Top 23 Greatest Quotes (crossquotes.org)
- Damn The Consequences (restorationthroughfaith.com)
- The power of prayer (myfox8.com)