When God Does
Then you shall call, and the LORD will
shall cry, and He will say, “Here I am.” (Isa 58:9)
Often in our prayers, we ask God,
“Please, Lord. Let me know Your will. Please, listen to my pleas and draw close
to me! I am trying to draw close to You!” Yet, many of us may have encountered
prayer after prayer without reaching God. Why isn’t He answering?
God says, “Return to me…and I will
return to you” (Zech 1:3). But Lord, I seek Your answers all day long! I wish
to obey Your commands! I am doing all I can!
Are we really?
God replies to the Israelites, “Indeed
you fast for strife and debate, and to strike with the fist of wickedness. You
will not fast as you do this day, to make your voice heard on high” (Isa 58:4).
Are we doing our part in the
prayer equation? Do we even think to change the way we act and what we say? Are
we committing to our half of the prayer? Are we truly returning to God?
Perhaps if we have ever
encountered prayers when God seems to be on vacation, we should ask ourselves,
“What am I doing while I’m praying? Am I trying to be better? Am I still living
my old lifestyle? Do I cause strife with others after prayer?”
Sometimes God just requires us to
have more patience and to wait for His answer in His time. Other times, He is
waiting for us to change the manner in which we present our requests. He is
waiting for our requests to come from the heart. He is waiting for our requests
to be accompanied by actions.
And then, and only then . . .
Your light shall break forth like the morning,
Your healing shall spring forth speedily,
And your righteousness shall go before you;
The glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.
Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer;
You shall cry, and He will say, “Here I am.” (Isa 58:8, 9)
God is always listening, but He is
also waiting. He is waiting for us to do our part.
Question for Reflection:
What is your part in the prayer