“…and He inclined unto me and heard my cry.”
Time and again we read in the Bible – Israel cried unto the Lord and He sent them a deliverer. When Isaac had no children, he entreated the Lord for Rebecca his wife, and the Lord heard him and opened her womb. When Hezekiah was sick unto death he cried to God and God healed him and he lived fifteen more years. However, when Paul prayed that God would remove the thorn in his flesh and he prayed this prayer three times, God replied “My Grace is sufficient for thee”.
God hears and answers; sometimes His answer is yes and sometimes it is no; and sometimes we just have to wait.
If perchance you are not getting an answer to your prayers check and see if there is any thing that is keeping God from answering your prayers; the fault is always on our side. Isaiah 59 says, Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. And James says that it is because we ask wrongly.
God’s desire is this: that you should fear Him always, so that it might be well with you and your children forever.
And so when Jesus in the garden asked “Father, if Thou be willing, remove this cup from me”, God chose not to remove the cup. In fact, Isaiah 53 reads “It pleased the Lord to bruise Him; He hath put Him to grief” and “He shall see the travail of His soul and be satisfied”.
That it might be well with us; that we might be saved, the Lord God did not grant the request of His Son.
What a gracious God!
The answer to this week’s question:
The second oldest man in the Bible was Jared, and he lived 962 years.