Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Bits & Pieces: Prayer Promises

"Oh, that You would rend the heavens and come down, That the mountains might quake at Your presence--- As fire kindles the brushwood, as fire causes water to boil --- To make Your name known to Your adversaries, That the nations may tremble at Your presence! For from days of old they have not heard or perceived by ear, Nor has the eye seen a God besides You, Who acts in behalf of the one who waits for Him," (Isaiah 64:1,2,4).

* While praying that the Lord would manifest His power toward Israel's enemies, Isaiah mentions a proof that the Lord God really lives --- He acts on behalf of the one who waits on Him. In our day, waiting is viewed as weakness at best, and stupidity, at worst. Yet, as believers, His Name is at stake in our lives --- oh, that we would want His timing as much as His will.

* To the Lord's adversaries, waiting upon Him makes no sense, whatsoever. What makes sense to an unbelieving world is to take control of one's life as much as possible, since there is no help outside one's self. For the Christian, however, the Lord's timing is to be as important as His guidance. And He is worth the wait.

* Because of the persecution Israel was receiving at the hands of her enemies, Isaiah prays that the Lord God would demonstrate His awesome power in their sight. For, he knew that God's uniqueness as the only true and living God is found in His acting in behalf of those who wait for Him.
He yearns for us to want His timing just as much as His direction.

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