Monday, January 16, 2012

On Prayer

What mighty praise, O God, belongs to You in Zion...
You faithfully answer our prayers with awesome deeds, O God our Saviour.
You are the hope of everyone on earth, even those who sail on distant seas.
You formed the mountains by Your power and armed Yourself with mighty strength.
You quieted the raging oceans with their pounding waves and silenced the shouting nations.
Those who live at the ends of the earth stand in awe of Your wonders.
From where the sun rises to where it sets, You inspire shouts of joy.
Psalm 65:1, 5-8

There were plenty of shouts of joy this morning in our house! As the sun was setting in Bulgaria and my little boys were rising EARLY here with the sun, the Lord was inspiring shouts of joy in my heart! We received GREAT news from our attorney this morning! WE HAVE OUR VERBAL REFERRAL!!! Praise God for how He is faithfully answering our prayers with awesome deeds!

Here's a few quick thoughts that I've been pondering on prayer this morning:

  • It is powerful and effective! Our prayers can move the heart of God!!! Thank You, Father, for this great blessing today! 
  • We are to give ourselves unto prayer! Spurgeon had some great commentary on this truth yesterday from David in Psalm 109:4. I love how he described David's praying - "he moved the case into a higher court, and pleaded before the great king Himself." This is what I want to do as well! Now that we have received our verbal referral, we are waiting on the new Minister of Justice to sign her name on our written referral. All we need is one signature, but up to this point, there have been significant delays with this step of the process. I cannot defend myself or plead S's case before this woman, BUT I can move the case into a higher court. I am, even now, pleading before the great King Himself, asking that this signature will come SOON, and that our written referral will be granted THIS WEEK!
  •  Spurgeon goes on to say that David "threw his whole soul and heart into it - straining every sinew and muscle, as Jacob did when wrestling with the angel." We are asking that you will CONTINUE to stand with us and many others in prayer for the continued resolution of the many delays in these adoptions and also to pray fervently for this big meeting that I mentioned in my earlier post! I could not agree more with Spurgeon when he calls for CONTINUANCE and PERSEVERANCE in our prayers! "David did not cry once, and then relapse into silence; his holy clamour was continued till it brought down the blessing. Prayer must not be our chance work, but our daily business, our habit and vocation. As artists give themselves to their models, and poets to their classical pursuits, so must we addict ourselves to prayer..."

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