God saw the Israelites, and He took notice. – Exodus 2:25
Sometimes it may seem like God has distanced Himself from your situation and present difficulties. It is similar to those times on the telephone with a friend and the other end of your conversation goes into “silent mode” causing you to ask, “Hey, are you still there?!”
God, though He is all-powerful and certainly hears everything, apparently does not always heed or pay attention to what He hears. The scriptural record tells us that the Israelites groaned under the weight of their slavery in Egypt and eventually cried out to God. It was only then that He heard their complaint, took notice of their need, and moved in response. Perhaps, from these various accounts, we can deduce a reason for this “behavior” that is rooted in God’s character and attributes.
When you pray do you believe that God is ONE possible answer for your every need or the ONLY answer? Do you cry out to Him as your ONE hope or YOUR LAST hope? God demands our entire devotion and perhaps He is waiting for us to come to that desperate understanding so that when He responds He gets all the worship He deserves.
Could it be that He has not answered, because He is still not ALL?
If any of you should ask me for an epitome of the Christian religion, I should say that it is in one word – prayer. Live and die without prayer, and you will pray long enough when you get to hell. – Charles Spurgeon
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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