Like I wrote days ago, we are in perilous time; we are all suffering from the effects of the economic difficulty and it seems that it’s getting worse by the day despite our physical and spiritual efforts. This morning, I want to assure that God is watching us and listening to our cries and prayers. When the Israelites were faced with similar situation many many years ago, Prophet Jeremiah wrote in the book of Lamentation that “his eyes will flow unceasingly, without relief, until the Lord looks down from heaven and sees (Lamentations 3:49-50).
Jeremiah watched the Israelites suffer because of their disobedience to God. He prophesied to them the consequences of following other Gods but they did not respond, so they have to pay for their disobedience. In verse 44 the Bible says that God has placed a cloud between them and Him so that no prayer could get through. It was this situation that made Jeremiah to say in verse 49-50 that he will not quit praying until God hears his prayers.
This should be our stand as Christians today, as we plan, strategize and work out solutions to our day to day problems, we need to stand firmly in our place of prayer. Jeremiah is teaching us the principal of praying through. So many of us depend on our pastor for prayers forgetting that they receive hundreds of prayers requests weekly. I am not saying that we shouldn’t ask our pastors to pray for us, we should but we must pray for ourselves and those around us.
I want us to know and remember that Moses prayed and the Lord parted the Red Sea. Joshua prayed and the walls of Jericho fell. David prayed and God protected him from Saul. Esther prayed and the lives of the children of Israel were saved. Elijah prayed and God opened the heavens and rain fell. Daniel prayed and the Lord closed the lion’s mouths. Jesus prayed in the garden until He was ready to face Calvary.
I don’t think any of these prayers were – now I lay me down to sleep – I believe that in each case they grab hold of the altar of God, prayed ceaselessly and would not let go until they heard from our Father. There is a lesson there for us to learn because 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 40:31).
It is time for us as Christians to wait upon the Lord. Our God is a miracle working God. Yes, He is a God that answers prayers powerfully, hence the problem is not the power of God but our inability and unwillingness to pray through situations and also praying amiss.
What is it that our Father is asking you to pray through for? When was the last time? As we wait on the Lord, may God Almighty not make us faint and weary in Jesus name. Amen.
Good morning and have a blessed week.
Written By Dr. Adebayo Odunowo