Does God Hear My Prayers?
S – Scripture:
My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?… Every day I call to you, my God, but you do not answer….” ~Psalm 22:1-2
O – Observation:
David writes a song which is a prophesy (Ps 22:11-21) of the cry from Jesus at his crucifixion Mt 27:46
Henry Blackaby’s devotion:
Who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear. ~Hebrews 5:7
“The life of Jesus provides the model for our prayer lives. God is seeking to mold us into the image of His Son (Col. 1:27-28). If we are to act like Christ, our prayer lives must be conformed to His. Many Christians are unwilling to pay the price that Jesus paid when it comes to interceding with God. Jesus’ prayers came with vehement cries and tears and, because of His godly fear, He was heard by the Father.”
“Why then, did the Father refuse His request? It was not due to any sin in Jesus’ life, nor was it because the Father did not love His Son. The Father said no, despite the unfathomable love He had for His Son, because He knew He could not spare His Son and save a world. Likewise, the Lord cannot always spare you and your family and complete His redemptive work in those around you.”
A – Application:
As I listened to Dr. McGee’s teaching on this scripture and Blackaby’s devotion on the scripture of Heb 5:7 – I am persuaded that there are times that we will feel abandoned by God, and this may not be due to sin in our lives or sin in the lives of those we pray for, but that it may be God’s will for our prayers not to be answered at the time that we ask.
Blackaby says: “Are you willing for God to deny your pleadings? Will you intercede with the Father so deeply and intimately that even in the midst of your tears you are able to say, “Nevertheless, not my will but thine be done?” The Father will always relate to you out of the context of His love for a lost world. Has God said no to one of your requests recently? Accept His answer. Have you been learning obedience through what you have suffered (Heb. 5:8)? If you have, God may choose to make you a source of salvation to others even as He did with His Son.”
P – Prayer:
Thank you Father for your love and patience, your forgiveness, your grace. I ask that you hear my cry as I pray for the lives of those who do not know you, that they will come to know you in a personal relationship. I pray for those who claim to be your children that they will delve in your Word to seek your wisdom and guidance and share your saving grace with all whom they embrace. Let your will be done.
Reading: Exodus 2:11-3:22, Matt 17:10-27, Psalm 22:1-18, Proverbs 5:7-14
Today’s Date: January 26, 2010
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