Have you ever prayed and prayed and felt like no one was listening?
All through Scripture, we see followers of God on the brink of losing everything, at least from their perspective.
I want to take a quick look at the account of Moses in Exodus from the perspective of his mother. Can you imagine watching friends of yours mourn because their baby sons have just been murdered? Now, desperate, you place your delicate child in a basket in the merciless Nile. The Bible doesn’t say, but I can imagine the prayers she would have prayed under her breath as she watched her baby float away, “God, why!” “I don’t understand?!” “Where are you?” “Aren’t we suppose to be your people whom you love? This doesn’t feel like a loving God!” We don’t know what exactly was going through her mind, but I can make an educated guess based on Biblical context. Angry, confused, frustrated, desperate, abandoned by God–have you ever felt that way?
The amazing thing about God is he is working even when we can’t see it. Most of us know how this story unfolds–Moses, the infant placed in the Nile by his mother in an effort to keep him safe, grows up to become one of the the greatest patriarchs of the Bible. Remember, though, where it all began, in fear of the unknown. What is going on in your life? What are you battling with? Where do you feel abandoned by God? Just maybe he is about to do something amazing.
This Saturday our church is going to walk through the streets of northern Indy and pray over thousands in our area. I wonder how many desperate people are crying out to God today? Just possibly in the home right across your street.
There is one other obscure section of Scripture that ought to be the centerpiece of this perspective.
“I will take you to be my people, and I will be your God, and you shall know that I am the LORD your God” -Exodus 6:7
“You shall know.” It’s not that God ceases to exist when things seem bad and then all of a sudden appears when all is well. God is at work even in the most dismal of circumstances. Remember, your story isn’t finished, God is still working. The Divine Author is still penning your story, and in that crucial moment it will become clear and “you shall know,” or you shall UNDERSTAND that the Lord is truly your God and on your side. That is our passion here at Trinity. Our goal as a church is to be Jesus by exposing Truth in life’s narrative. That is how people can truly be set free!
I love the way Spurgeon says it:
“…[the] power of prayer can never be overrated. They who cannot serve God by preaching need not regret. If a man can but pray he can do anything. He who knows how to overcome with God in prayer has Heaven and earth at his disposal.” -Charles H. Spurgeon
If you are a part of our church family, join us this Saturday at 9:00am as we walk the streets and pray for the families right around our church. Pray that God would be at work in their lives and that ultimately we may be used by God to expose the reality of God’s redemptive work for those who choose to believe in Him.
Saturday morning October 22 at 9:00 at Trinity. www.trinitywesleyan.com