Prayer Works…

Even when we can’t see the results yet…



He Hears

A friend and I had an odd conversation a few nights ago. She asked me if I had considered leading worship at church. I said no. I told her I’m not comfortable standing before the congregation singing. (Stage fright). I said if my back was facing the people, it would be a different story. But I didn’t tell her what was really in my heart. Basically, I felt that I’m not worthy to lead people to worship. I knew that life has been so hectic lately that I rush through my bible reading although I would really want to sit and read and not be in a rush. It’s such a heavy responsibility that I am somewhat relieved not to be leading worship.

It’s not possible to lead people somewhere I’ve not been for a while. At times, I feel that God is so far away although I know He isn’t.

Somehow, the sermon on Sunday spoke directly to me. The moment the song “Draw Me Close To You” started, so did my tears. So, my terebinth trees are located at those special places where I feel the touch of God. Places where I know that I know that I know He is real.

Once again, God showed me how real He is when the sermon addressed the very things I said in my prayer along the way to church, when I was in the car alone. And I’m sure the sermon was prepared a few days ago. Hence, it’s so true that He answers even while we’re speaking. Hallelujah!


Isaiah 65:24

English Standard Version (ESV)

24 Before they call I will answer;
    while they are yet speaking I will hear.

Be Still

Have you ever trained a young puppy, or perhaps seen any friend of yours train one? Try going out with your family and leaving the puppy in your living room for one hour. Note: Puppy here means a young untrained dog. Not the newborn.

If you tried that before, you would probably come home to realize that the living room no longer looked the same. Never mind the fact that you may have said “be good, stay still”, there would probably be chunks of paper around and you may even see your puppy chewing on your shoe.

Sometimes I think we are so eager in wanting to take control of the various situations that take place in our lives that we become restless like the puppy. At times, it may even feel as if God isn’t doing anything but I think there are important lessons to be learned during times such as these…when everything seems to be quiet…as though nothing is happening.

Psalm 46:10 (NIV)

“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

This morning, as I was pondering upon this verse, I realized that there is a certain kind of rest when we stay still and think about God’s nature.

“Be still” sounds like a command to do nothing but somehow, I think it’s more like a conscious decision to rest in the Lord.

When I was driving home this evening, I noticed the dark clouds moving so fast and not more than 10 minutes after I had left the office, I saw droplets of rain on the windscreen followed by flashes of lightning. The sound of thunder startled me and a thought struck me. Be still. Look around and see the power of God.

Just pause for a while and reflect on His power. Isn’t He awesome? Surely all our problems would disappear when we focus on how great He is. Someone once said to me, “Look at the sun. Then you won’t see the shadows.” Yes. This is a reminder to myself to look at the Son (Jesus), and the shadows will all be behind me.