“And one cried to another and said: Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory!” (Isaiah 6:3).
Take a look around you, your home, place of work or favorite place and see the many wonders of God’s magnificent creation. You will see proof of His immeasurable ability to speak and make it so, to command the universe and have it obey. In doing so we wonder where is God? What do I need to reach Him and how do I get in touch with Him? My Blackberry, iPod, ThinkPad, High Definition TV, Twitter or any of the other technical gadgets of a modern world cannot connect me to Him, but prayer is the link that connects us with God. “But prayer” (Acts 12:5).
Prayer is the bridge that spans every gulf and bears us over every abyss of danger or of need. Consider the significance of the condition of the Apostolic Church immediately after the crucifixion of Jesus: Peter was in prison, the Jews were triumphant, Herod reigned supreme, and the Roman arenas of martyrdom filled with crowds of onlookers as the ground drank up the apostles’ blood. It seemed as if the world and everything else was against it. “But prayer was made unto God without ceasing.” What was the outcome?
The prison doors were opened, the apostles were set free, the Jews in the synagogue were baffled, and the evil King Herod was eaten by worms— an example of God’s retribution. But prayer, faith in the Word of God rolled on in greater victory. Be careful in your prayer, above all, of limiting what God can do or will do for you, not because of unbelief, but by imagining that you know what He can do. Expect the unexpected, above all that you ask or think. Think of what He can do what He has already done for you and yours and delight in knowing that Christ intercedes on your behalf and expect great things.
It Shall Be Done (A Poem)
Unanswered yet the prayer your lips have pleaded in agony of heart these many years? Does faith begin to fail? Is hope departing? And think you all in vain those falling tears?Say not the Father hath not heard your prayer; You shall have your desire sometime, somewhere.
Unanswered yet? Nay do not say ungranted; Perhaps your work is not yet wholly done. The work began when first your prayer was uttered, And God will finish what He has begun. If you will keep the incense burning there, His glory you shall see sometime, somewhere.
Unanswered yet? Faith cannot be unanswered, Her feet are firmly planted on the Rock; Amid the wildest storms she stands undaunted, Nor quails before the loudest thunder shock. She knows Omnipotence has heard her prayer, And cries, “It shall be done”–sometime, somewhere.
Author—Miss Ophelia G. Browning
“Great and marvelous are your works, Lord God Almighty! Just and true are your ways, O King of the saints! . . . All nations shall come and worship before you, for your judgments have been manifested” (Revelation 15:3-4). We expect great things because we serve and worship a great God. Our prayers are God’s personal opportunities to show Himself. Prayer works wonders, bring relief in the most difficult of situations, it can even force a passage through iron bars and brazen gates. What can prayer do for you? I answer: All that God can do for you. “Ask what I shall give thee.” But God! But prayer!
Grady Norman Greene, Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Our Christ
- By Faith Not By Sight (thethirdcross.wordpress.com)
- Peter is Arrested, Then Released from Prison by an Angel Acts 12 (brakeman1.wordpress.com)