“Come and hear, all you who fear God, And I will declare what He has done for my soul. I cried to Him with my mouth, And He was extolled with my tongue. If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear. But certainly God has heard me; He has attended to the voice of my prayer. Blessed be God, Who has not turned away my prayer, Nor His mercy from me!”
Psalms 66:16-20 NKJV
He hears us
I have written of how those with clean hands and pure hearts can approach God. I have also written of Jesus, the One whose hands have always been clean and always pure, going to the cross to die for our sins. He became sin for us, that we be able to approach the Holy Place.
“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
II Corinthians 5:21 NKJV
By this, we have been made His ambassadors, entrusted with the message of the Gospel. We have also been given access to the Father in prayer. We can go to God in the Holy of Holies, making petition. That fact prompts me to focus on my heart, desiring that I not regard sin in my being.
In the early days of my faith, the Lord instilled in me the desire to intercede on behalf of the saints and those who do not know the Lord. As that desire became all the more intense, I began to pursue holiness, for I wanted nothing to stand in the way of my prayers. I began to seek more of the Lord, that there be less of me.
“Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive blessing from the Lord, And righteousness from the God of his salvation.”
Psalms 24:3-5 NKJV
As I pursued the holiness of God, I found that it was becoming easier to resist the temptations of the flesh. Over time, my striving became less and less, and there came an intimacy with the Lord that has brought great peace.
As my strength has waned, I found that the Lord has met my weakness with His strength, as He has given me endurance. It is not uncommon for people as they get older, to have spiritual struggles, for the flesh begins to scream and draw attention from the Spirit. We find ourselves not up to the battle.
This morning, I encountered an old familiar passage in Isaiah that brought great encouragement.
“Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, The Creator of the ends of the earth, Neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall, But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.”
Isaiah 40:28-31 NKJV
So many mornings I have called out to God with groans and pained utterances, as I wrestle with encroaching mortality, and time again and again, the Lord has responded with renewed strength.
Each time I am again reminded that He hears us when we pray.
Brothers and sisters, the times we live in can be overly taxing, as we deal with so many things. There are many who have no idea where their help will come from. There are others who are facing financial ruin. Many will feel hunger in the coming months. But let us remember that we serve a God who loves us, and is concerned with us. Let us remember that we have the power of prayer.
Though sometimes it may feel as if He does not see our need, I can tell you that the Lord is faithful. I learned early in my walk the key to God’s economy:
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”
Matthew 6:33 NKJV
Let us pursue holiness, relying on the Holy Spirit to resist the draw of the flesh, that our prayers be heard. Let us also know that there is endurance in the Lord. He gives us power when we feel as if we cannot go on. There have been so many times when I have entered prayer for the saints, with great weariness. I start out weak, and by the end I am energized.
He will also give us power to go and fulfill the commission He has laid upon us, to go and spread the Gospel.
“And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.”
Matthew 28:18-20 NKJV
He hears us. He with us. He is in us.
May we serve with confidence, knowing that the One we serve goes before us, moving on all hearts. May we pray that He open doors for the Good News.
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