“God saw the sons of Israel, and God took notice of them.” (Exodus 2:25, NASB95) Hundreds of thousands of the descendants of Abraham were suffering. They were enslaved. There was no escape. Only God could help. So they cried out to God (v23) and God saw their situation and God heard their cries. Do not underestimate the power of Crying out to God. Moses couldn’t save one Israelite, let alone all of them. But the enslaved and powerless called out to the one who could save them, and he heard them. From those desperate prayers flowed the Exodus. The Exodus stands as the single most powerful moment of God’s deliverance before the cross. In the Cross God delivered people enslaved to sin. In the Exodus God delivered a people enslaved to Egypt. And now we await the day when God will again extend his mighty outstretched hand to perform wonders to finally deliver all of his people (Revelation). But right here, right now, we need to know that God hears our cries, and God sees our humility. Are you ready?
Prayer without repentance will get you nowhere. “The Lord is far from the wicked, But He hears the prayer of the righteous.” (Proverbs 15:29, NASB95) God is under no personal compulsion to heed the prayers of the unrepentant. A wicked man will find that God is far from him. But what exactly does it mean that the Lord is far from them? The opposing truth reveals the other. God does not listen to the prayers of sinners. What hope is there then? The Lord always hears the prayer of the repentant. We have the thief on the cross. We also have the tax collector who wouldn’t even lift his eyes but only cried out Lord have mercy on me. That one, Jesus tells us, went home justified. We have the perfect example of this in Essau. He sold his birthright for a bowl of soup. And afterward when he wanted the blessing, he was rejected because he only wanted the blessing without repentance (Hebrews 12:17). As we pray for renewal, as we pray for what is next, we must take the time to pray repentance first. Today let the prayer of Psalm 139 fill your heart and pour from your mouth as you cry out to God: “Search me, O […]
See The Needs. This morning, consider the needs around you that you usually don’t see. How do you see the needs if you normally miss them? Ask God to show you. “But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?” (1 John 3:17, NASB95) We are called to love God. That love works out through our hands to others. Ask the Lord this morning to start showing you the needs of your brothers and sisters. Start listing the needs. Do they seem too numerous for you? They are, of course. But they are not too numerous for God. As your list grows begin prayerfully asking God what He wants to do through you; to satisfy these needs.