November 19th – God Appalled?

I don’t know about you, but I must confess that I am often a bit depressed at some modern Christians’ unbelief in a prayer answering God. Mind you, I can understand that when people meet and pray for revival, for the healing of the sick, for the out-pouring of the Holy Spirit and nothing ever seems to happen as a result, people do get discouraged and feel, that praying is all a bit of a waste of time. So fewer and fewer attend the prayer meetings and an air of depression falls on the whole community, and an air of self-righteousness begins to show, especially on the faithful few who do continue to attend prayer meetings. Isaiah 59: 15-16
The Lord looked and was displeased that there was no justice. He saw that there was no-one, he was appalled that there was no-one to intervene.
No-one to stand up for what is just and fair and good. No-one he could count on to act as an agent, a partner. Now, to intervene, or intercede, is one of the great pictures of the role of a praying community. The prayers, the intercessions, for the oppressed and afflicted, for the victims of our inhumanity, are not our reminders to God of his duties, but opportunities for God’s children to be involved in their Father’s affairs. Nowhere does scripture say that if you say your prayers you will get everything you want. It does say that God longs for his children to share his concern and heartbreak at the ruinous effects of our cosmic human sinfulness. When we begin to share with him, when together we pray, we become intercessors, and that partnership always produces those God-called and God-equipped people who interpose themselves and become the focal point which transforms the history of this planet. Prayer changes things. God responds by sending people: changed people. When churches are defeated, dejected and demoralised; when churches are cold and powerless; when churches are dragging out an existence by trying to maintain their present weakness, then God is appalled that they do not intercede. Prayer itself is not the power! God answering our prayer is fire, and light, and power! Prevail in prayer! That is the word for today. Dare to believe that God loves to meet with his children, and to respond in his way to his children’s heart-felt prayers. In Philippi Paul and Silas were stripped, beaten and flogged, and chained up in a dungeon, their feet were in the stocks. How would you feel?
About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everybody’s chains came loose. Acts 16: 25-26
Another miracle in this event was that not one prisoner chose to escape!
A Prayer: Lord God, what a privilege to carry everything to you in prayer.
Now read Exodus 32: 30-34.

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