Playing Hide and Seek With the Creator of the Universe.
Seek and ye shall find.
Where is God? Where is He hiding? Our friend, so large, yet so small. Our Buddy, on the other side of an invisible telephone, mostly His side is muted. Oh He talks alright, as wind, or the cradling sound of falling leaves. He is the One we try to reveal to our 'lost' friends (the very One who is already talking to them). He is more than this paragraph gives Him credit. And amazing enough He loves to play...
It is the glory of God to conceal a matter and the glory of kings to search it out.
Imagine if you asked someone on a date and after they said no you stepped away never to ask again. Would their response keep you away or would it be that you felt it would honor their choice?
Would it prick your interest to know if their 'no' could turn to a maybe? Would you be satisfied with a 'no'? Or a 'maybe'? Or would you find your way into their heart enough to gather a smile?
Seek the Lord while He may be found.
This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
Ask and ask and keep asking... And it shall be given to you.
Ask and keep reverently asking. Broken situations are perfect soil to prove God. It may just need to be tilled. It feels like there always is a combination of pool balls out of a strategic positioning. It feels as if there is no shot, no right placement of the cue ball, no way to comeback. But I am reminded, God made the game billiards. He is the master of every angle, every shot, every possibility. And I wonder how much He enjoys taking His shots!
And then ask again...
And then... With pain, with doubt in our actions, with timidity.. We ask...
And wonder if He keeps His ear to heaven's floor to feel even the slightest murmur...
Knock and knock and knock and...
Reverently knocking is not seen in the Word unless you seek deeper in the Amplified Bible. Where the Greek is unraveled in its original form. Where we can remind God of an injustice. Where we can remind God of a need. Where God constantly hears our knocking (even when we don't know He is).
And we still wonder inside... As we knock. And...
But happens when...
What happens we get our answers! After a war when the last of the soldiers left standing they carry strategies to bring into the next fight. Standing on God's Word can be as simple as surfing, resting while the heavens fall and hurl the darts or the enemy down on us. And after done all we could do, we stand... Stand. Stand...
Is it possible to know and learn of God through His Word so we can respond to Him in prayer and actually yield fruit on His answers? Is it a fear or a wall of doubt, or worry which binds us from stepping forth to receive from Him?
We begin again!
Scriptures on answered prayer
Mark 11:24 - Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive [them], and ye shall have [them].
1 John 5:14-15 - And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: (Read More...)
John 15:7 - If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
Matthew 7:7 - Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
Hebrews 11:6 - But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
John 15:16 - Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and [that] your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
Jeremiah 33:3 - Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.
Isaiah 65:24 - And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.
1 John 3:22 - And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.
1 Thessalonians 5:17 - Pray without ceasing.
Psalms 37:4 - Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
James 5:16 - Confess [your] faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
2 Chronicles 7:14 - If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
Jeremiah 29:12 - Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.
Luke 18:1 - And he spake a parable unto them [to this end], that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;
John 16:23-24 - And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give [it] you. (Read More...)
1 John 1:9 - If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Matthew 21:22 - And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.
Matthew 18:19 - Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.
The strategy for answered prayer.
Concerning these verses, print them (or others from the Bible, God's living Word), and place them in a place where you can observe and absorb them. Find a way to saturate your mind soul and spirit with them. God's Word is His Will. Every precious promise is yours as His child!
Lastly... Do not take my word for it! Trust in the Lord for your answers! Ask Him! Seek Him! Knock on His Heart's door!