Psalm 55:17; “Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud, He shall hear my voice.”
“When I pray, coincidences happen, and when I don’t, they don’t” (William Temple). “Your call is important to us, so please hold.” I don’t know about you, but when I hear a voice message like that, I just know that it is not going to turn out well. So we continue to hold and hold and hold … as our call becomes more and more important, but not important enough to deserve a human response. “Prayer isn’t like that. God knows what we need even before we call, but He wants us to call on Him for our sake, not for His. He longs to give us what we need, but first we must ask” (Wiersbe). Throughout scripture we find God’s people praying and, in Psalm 65:2, God is addressed as; “You who hears prayer.” Perhaps read this psalm again knowing that, when David wrote it, he was in deep trouble. In fact, in verses 4 to 8 he actually wanted to fly away (ever felt like that). He was in a storm (verse 8), and, he was at war (verses 18 – 21). To make matters worse, in spite of his vast military experience, he seemed unable to defeat the enemy. But here’s the key: God heard his cry and gave him the victory. “Instead of flying off like a dove, he soared above like an eagle (Isaiah 40:31) and was more than a conqueror (Romans 8:37)” (Wiersbe). No matter where we are, what our circumstances are, God will hear us if we are praying by faith and claiming His promises. Prayer changes things. Prayer also changes people, including those who find themselves in deep trouble and trust the Lord to deliver them. “Prayer effectively invites God into our troubles to do something about it, to be present with us in it, to redeem it, to teach us in the midst of it, to guide us out of it, and ultimately to fix it” (Tiegreen). Is there anything too hard for God?