Answer me

Many times I have been asked to pray for people to be healed.  I can tell you that I suck in my breath, pray and hope – but every single time the person has not had a miraculous recovery. I even wonder why people ask me to pray.

I can imagine Elijah on Mount Carmel asking God to send fire from heaven to consume his sacrifice.  I do not think the challenge was all that big to him. The fact that he doused the sacrifice and the entire altar with water showed that he believed God was God and could definitely light up the sacrifice from heaven.  But somewhere he had to be hoping that him and God were in good standing together and that there was nothing (sin) between them.  Elijah needed God to respond. 

He needed God to respond because if He did not, Elijah would have been dead.  Instead of bringing that up, Elijah decides to go after God’s honour instead. Elijah new that God had to respond because the lives of the people were at stake.  Then he thought – well no – they had all kinds of miracles take place, story after story, and yet they rejected God to follow idols that allowed them to be selfish, perverse, and not be accountable to any god but themselves. 

Desperate hope made Elijah come and kneel before God, call Him by the title used by people of Israel and he asked for two things – for God to be glorified and he would be acknowledged as a servant of God.  Best kind of prayer that one could hope God would respond to. 

I have started to pray that way too – God be glorified by doing the miraculous when it comes to praying for a healing.  Still nothing has happened, but I keep hoping because that is what hope does.

At the time of the offering of the oblation, the prophet Elijah came near and said, “O Lord, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that you are God in Israel, that I am your servant, and that I have done all these things at your bidding.  Answer me, O Lord, answer me, so that this people may know that you, O Lord, are God, and that you have turned their hearts back.” – 1 Kings 18:36-37

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Wait expectantly

Wherever the believer is, he can find a way to the throne of grace by prayer. God calls us by his Spirit, by his word, by his worship, and by special providences, merciful and afflicting. When we are foolishly making court to lying vanities, God is, in love to us, calling us to seek our own mercies in him. The call is general, Seek ye my face; but we must apply it to ourselves, I will seek it. The word does us no good, when we do not ourselves accept the exhortation: a gracious heart readily answers to the call of a gracious God, being made willing in the day of his power. The psalmist requests the favour of the Lord; the continuance of his presence with him; the benefit of Divine guidance, and the benefit of Divine protection. God’s time to help those that trust in him, is, when all other helpers fail. He is a surer and better Friend than earthly parents are, or can be. What was the belief which supported the psalmist? That he should see the goodness of the Lord. There is nothing like the believing hope of eternal life, the foresights of that glory, and foretastes of those pleasures, to keep us from fainting under all calamities. In the mean time he should be strengthened to bear up under his burdens. Let us look unto the suffering Saviour, and pray in faith, not to be delivered into the hands of our enemies. Let us encourage each other to wait on the Lord, with patient expectation, and fervent prayer. – Matthew Henry

The word most often translated “wait” in the sense of waiting on the Lord is the Hebrew qavah. Qavah means (1) “to bind together” (perhaps by twisting strands as in making a rope), (2) “look patiently,” (3) “tarry or wait,” and (4) “hope, expect, look eagerly.”

The second most frequently used word translated “wait” is yachal. Yachalmeans “to wait,” or “hope, wait expectantly,” and is so translated in our English Bibles. The KJV sometimes translates yachal as “trust” as in Isaiah 51:5, but the NASB has “wait expectantly” and the NIV “wait in hope.”

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
    and in his word I hope – Psalm 130:5

The act of waiting is an act of trust.  The real art to waiting becomes the ability to stop trusting in anyone or anything and rest in Him alone.

For God alone my soul waits in silence,
    for my hope is from him. – Psalm 62:5

If we do not separate ourselves from the things that separate ourselves from God, He sometimes will help us do that.  He does not like to share His glory with something else.

What if my mind is telling me that my hope is only a vain hope – what if I absolutely do not see or feel any possibility at all in my present situation that would expect a special expectation. My spirit responds – it is God getting involved who is the possibility for me to expect great things.

Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! – Psalm 27:14

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