But the Lord GOD helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I have set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame.Isaiah 50:7 (emphasis added)
Have you ever prayed a simple prayer and God suddenly, indisputably acts with profound power and clear intent? A few times in my life I’ve experienced this, but only few. Then there are those times when we “go to war.” We go to our prayer closets, shut the world out, set our faces like flint, and pray.
Going to war
Our war is not against God nor against people (Ephesians 6:12); God forbid. Our war is against the enemy of our souls. And our prayers are petitions for God’s good and perfect will to be done. Old timers called this praying through. We pray until we have a witness within us from the Holy Spirit that God has heard, and His will shall not be constrained. When that happen, our response should be “thank you.”
Faith that is true faith, when it comes to the end of a prayer it says, “Thank you.” and we should walk in faith. Why? Because faith believes, faith accepts God’s answer, so we give thanks to God for the perfection of His response.
Our faith joins to God’s faithfulness
God is faithful. When we act in faith, God allows our faith to be joined to His faithful. There’s a fascinating prayer of Jesus in Matthew 11:25.
At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children;“
Jesus, being in perfect harmony with the Father, still said, “thank you, Father.” That’s faith’s response. So, too, we find the apostle Paul telling us, “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.“ (Colossians 4:2) Notice that we are to be watchful in it (prayer) with thanksgiving. We can’t give thanks to God if we don’t pay attention or if we don’t trust in His will.
Faith says “thank you”
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18) Faith says “thank you” no matter what God’s decision.
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