Wednesday, January 06, 2016 – Read – Psalm 66:16-20 – The God of Who Answers Prayer!
Today in History
1608 – Fire destroyed Jamestown, Virginia.
1610 – Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei, 46, discovered four satellites of Jupiter with the aid of the newly invented telescope. His discovery revolutionized astronomy, and led Galileo to adopt the Copernican (heliocentric) model of the solar system in place of the older, less adequate, Ptolemaic (earth-centered) view.
1782 – The first US commercial bank, Bank of North America, opened in Philadelphia, PA.
1789 – The first national (Presidential) election in US was held on this date.
1856 – In London, famed English Baptist preacher Charles H. Spurgeon, 22, married Susannah Thompson, one of the parishioners at the New Park Street Baptist Chapel, where he was pastor. 1861 – Florida troops took over Fort Marion at St Augustine. 1862 – Battle of Manassas Junction, VA was fought.
1868 – Arkansas and Mississippi held constitutional convention to decide if they were going to re-enter the Union
1934 – Converted major league baseball player Billy Sunday, at age 72, began a two-week revival at Calvary Baptist Church in NY City. (Sunday was an evangelist from 1893 until his death in 1935.)
1944 – The Air Force announced the production of the first US jet fighter, the Bell P-59.
1953 – President Truman announced the development of the hydrogen bomb.
1969 – The US Congress voted to double the presidential salary.
“Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell what he has done for my soul.”
“I cried to him with my mouth, and high praise was on my tongue.
If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.
But truly God has listened; he has attended to the voice of my prayer.”
What a perfect way to end this psalm of praise. The Psalmist leaves us with a personal testimony of the true action of God in answering prayer. Do you “feel” that God is not always listening to your prayer? Emotions or “feelings” are not valid in determining whether or not God is or will answer your prayer.
Sin alone separates us from the listening ear of our mighty God. “Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, so that it cannot save, or his ear dull, that it cannot hear with clear understanding; but your evil has made a separation between you and your God, and your sin has hidden his face from you so that he will not hear.” (Isaiah 59:1-2)
It is clear that God does hear the sinner cry out for forgiveness and mercy. “And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.” (Luke 11:4) When a man or woman has a heart to forgive God also forgives them. He listens to those who call will call on Him for salvation from every sin. “And it will come to pass, that whosoever will call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Acts 2:21)
The Scripture reminds us over and over that God hears and answerers our prayers. Consider these passages:
“This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the Lord encamps around about them that fear him, and delivers them. O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that is trusting in Him.” (Psalm 34:6-8)
“I love the Lord, because he has heard my voice and my supplications. Because he has inclined his ear to me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live. The sorrows of death have surrounded me, and the distress of hell is with me: I found trouble and sorrow. Then called I on the name of the Lord; O Lord, I prayed, deliver my soul. Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; yes, our God is merciful. The Lord hedged in the fool: I was oppressed, and he helped me.” (Psalm 116:1-6)
“My enemies hunted me, like a bird, without reason. They have cut off my life in the dungeon, and placed a stone over me. Waters flowed over mine head; then I said, I am cut down. I called on your name, O Lord, out of the deep dungeon. You heard my voice: you didn’t shut your ear at my breathing, and at my cry. You drew near in the day that I called on you: you said, “Fear not.” (Lamentations 3:52-57)
“Likewise the Spirit also is helping our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit Himself is making intercession for us with groaning which we cannot utter. And he that is searching the hearts knows what is in the mind of the Spirit, because he is making intercession for the saints according to the will of God.” (Romans 8:26-27)
God hears and answers every prayer of a righteous man. The Psalmist reminds us that God answers prayer and listens to our praises of Him.
Are you praying in faith and trusting that God will hear and answer your prayer?
In Times of Trouble God’s Trusting Child May Say:
He brought me here; it is by His will I am in this strait Place: In that will I rest.
He will keep me here in His love, and give me grace in this trial to behave as His Child.
He will make the trial a blessing, teaching me the lessons He intends me to learn, and working in me the grace He means to bestow.
In His good time He can bring me out again…how and when, He knows.
I am Here…
By God’s appointment,
In His keeping,
Under His training,
For His time.
“And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver tee, and thou shalt glorify me.”