“The only person who dares wake up a king at 3:00 a.m. for a glass of water is a child. We have that kind of access.” Tim Keller
It was actually about 3:30 when I woke up…the pain killer I took a few hours before had worn off and the one I was about to swallow would take a while to kick in.
I have always believed that whenever I am lifted out of slumber in the middle of the night it was because God was calling on me to pray. The pain that felt like a knife in my hip was simply a divine alarm clock that I couldn’t slap to shut off.
I’ve almost always heeded that (real or imagined) call to prayer…I assumed that if He wanted to hear from me it was because He intended to act on what He heard.
That is encouragement I need these days as He doesn’t seem to respond much the other times I pray…at least not in ways that seem to correlate with the requests. I say that with no small trepidation…I’m a pastor and a lot of folks read what I write…and I don’t want to discourage anybody. On the other hand, I want the discouraged to know that they’re not alone.
Steve Brown taught me how to pray for people…he wrote that he just imagines himself bringing each person he’s praying for to Jesus…because good things happen when you come to Jesus and He already knows what they need.
So, this morning I began bringing my people to the Savior…knowing what some of them needed or desired and just leaving others to the One who knows infinitely more than I do and loves them more to the same degree.
I’d prayed for a dozen. maybe two, when the doubts began to speak, then they began to speak louder than I was praying.
This was not the devil or may sin nature…just rational doubt based on experience.
Some of these requests were the same ones I’d been praying for months, years, many years.
How much longer, Lord?
As soon as that thought came up, I knew I had company praying with me…a great cloud of witnesses.
‘How long?” has been the heart cry of God’s people since the bondage of Egypt through the Babylonian captivity through the Psalms to future saints in heaven waiting for justice.
Jesus’s reply is always “just a little longer”…
Endure a little longer. pray a little longer, love a little longer…He is in control and will give what He has promised.
So, I will keep on enduring, praying, and loving while waiting in faith for Him to come…not just for the sake of those I pray for, but for the sake of His name…that He might be praised and glorified by those He loves.
I believe, help my unbelief.
Make your own application…