Friday, January 30. 2015
On the day when the prophet Elijah was running in fear from the threats of Queen Jezebel, (remember she appeared in Wednesday’s quiz?) the Lord appeared and spoke to him in the wilderness. The story’s chapter has some amazing occurrences, such as an angel of God feeding and restoring his strength, Elijah traveling forty days and forty nights to Mount Horeb on the strength of that angelic meal, and a fire, an earthquake, and a mighty rock-shattering wind. The most amazing thing to me about that story, however, was the fact that Elijah did not hear God’s voice in the display in these powerful elements, but rather in a still small voice. This is what1 Kings 19:12 reads and part of verse 13: “And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle.” To me, it is a reminder of our personal times of prayer with God. Too often we are so focused on not omitting each and every one of our concerns and excited about a thought or a feeling He will give our heart in response, that we forget one very important aspect of prayer, that is, it is more a time of personal communion with God than a time of just asking for one thing after another.
We seek God’s face but we fail to ask Him for the discipline needed to block out every other thought in our hearts and minds and just be still and wait. Yes, I said “discipline.” In our men’s study this past Wednesday, Pastor Ruben taught on that very thing. He cited Isaiah 40:31 which tells us that “they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.” Waiting upon God is not an easy thing because it goes against our human nature and is a discipline that only the Lord can teach us. When we pray, our mind wanders and then we begin to think of other issues we forgot to bring to Him in the beginning. We fail to enjoy and get the full benefit of just being in His presence. I remember reading about a young lady who told others how much she enjoyed and always looked forward to going fishing with her dad. When someone asked her what they spoke about at such times, she said he seldom said a word, she just felt so good, safe, and secure just being there beside him. Do you have, or have had, someone like that in your life who you love so much, you just want to be near them? Should it be any different with us when we pray?
The truth is that God knows each and every one of our needs when we approach Him in prayer. Most parents know the things their children need even though they may not mention them. When they have the means, they will make every effort to provide them with such things whether their children ask for them or not. Our Heavenly Father is no different other than He is not limited, and has the power and the resources to provide us with each and every thing that we “need.” By no means is it a sin to ask God for anything we may think we need help with. Nevertheless, the best thing about our prayer times with God is just being in His presence. Have you come before His presence like that lately?
Memory verse for the week (Hebrews 3:7-8 KJV) “Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith , To day if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness.”