Wednesday, February 3, 2010
For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? (Romans 8:24 KJV)
One of the things we Christians hope for is answered prayer. Even when it appears to be overwhelming for us, we pray. And, we wait.
But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. (Romans 8:25 KJV)
We’ve had good teachers when it comes to prayer. The Bible has example after example of people who sought their Lord for specific prayers. There are similarities in them – acknowledgement of God’s ability, our lack, our need and the bending to His will with thanksgiving. Even when we do not know what to ask, how to ask or when we are afraid to ask, He tells us to ask for anything (Philippians 4:6 KJV)
When we do, we have incomparable help:
Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. (Romans 8:26 KJV)
We have an unmatched intercessor. God Himself, as only the Comforter could, maketh intercession for us. The Creator who so loved us that He gave His Son (John 3:16 KJV) provides the peace that passes understanding (Philippians 4:7 KJV). He knows what we need to accomplish His will, and He provides it to us.
And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. (Romans 8:27 KJV)
Before we see God’s answer, we have faith that the outcome will be within His will for our lives, for that is part of our petition. There are conditions on things working together for good:
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28 KJV)
So, we pray and we wait, knowing that once we have come to the realization that:
The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalms 27:1 KJV)
We can also:
Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. (Psalms 27:14 KJV)