“Hear my prayer, O Lord, and let my cry come unto thee. Hide not not thy face from me in the day when I am in trouble; incline thine ear unto me in the day, when I call answer me speedily” Psalm 102 : 1-2
The news headlines are filled with stories of how the Covid 19 virus seems to be esculating. Governments at the national and state levels are implementing new requirements to combat the spread of this dieasa. Our economy is like a roller coaster with its ups and downs. Our world is in a state of shock and families are faced with new challenges to accomodate work, school and parenting schedules. There are some glimpses of good news of how small businesses and faith based groups are reaching out to those in need. What will be the outcome of all this? How will people interact socially moving forward? Does this panademic point to the end times? I have been posed all these questions and the answers are still unclear.
Amidst all these questions and potential changes lies the truth from God’s word. Within His word iare the glorious promises that He is in control. Believers are instructed to pray daily. Our lack of prayer discipline becomes apparent when trouble arrives and for many we believe that God must work on our schedules. This is not so for God. When we ask God for something, we always hope that those prayers will be given immediately. It has been stated that God fixes our prayers as they travel before His throne. If He does not answer the prayer that we made; He will answer the prayer that we should have made, This is all the believer needs to know. (Packer. Praying; p. 179).
So how should our prayers benefit the believer? Prayers are meant to teach us some things. Prayers are meant to enable us to grow and mature in our walk of faith. Prayers call upon the grace of our Lord. Prayers develop a stronger faith and love with our Savior and Lord. All these things are benefical for the believer. Our prayers call our faith into action. The Spring season has arrived in the northern hemisphere and new life and fruit is beginning to arrive. The fruit of the believer can grow in all seasons. Now is the time that the fruits of the Spirit must prevail. Demonstrate love, joy, peace, logsuffering which will impact others that need to hear the truth of the Gospel. Prayer will always keep us focused on the One who desires our best. Grace and peace.