Ref: Scripture: Isaiah 41:1-20
Listen to me in silence, O coastlands; let the peoples renew their strength; let them approach, then let them speak; let us together draw near for judgment. Isaiah 41:1
God asks them to draw near and quietly listen. Listening to God renews our strength Isaiah 40:31.
God wants even these gentile lands to hear him and find true strength in Him. Isaiah 42:6
This is an invitation to all people. God is always speaking. Will we come near and quietly listen? John 10:3 We often run to God in time of need, but we can’t stop talking and sit in silence to hear God’s solution Habakkuk 2:20. Instead, we dictate to God what we think He should do. Should it not be the other way around? If your strength is sapped away and you don’t know what to do, go listen to God and find your strength renewed Psalm 27:14.
The next word in the verse is “then.” Then you can speak. Hear God first. Wait on Him. If we hear what He has to say first, it may change our requests. I’m as guilty as anyone in bringing my laundry list of things for God to fix before I will stop and listen. Good thing God is patient. This verse has taught me there is a proper order to prayer. Listen first. Let His words strengthen you by giving you a proper perspective. Then speak according to what you have heard.
God speaks; you are strengthened; you approach and then speak. That is when you can hear God’s verdict on what you are asking. “Judgment” is not referring to a sentence for guilt, though it can include that. Judgment is a verdict. It may be, “Go ahead and be blessed.” It may be, “Don’t do it, for if you do, it will cost you dearly.” Or it may be to wait for another time. Sometimes there is no answer at all, and that is the answer of “not now.”
What does it take to get up early enough to take a ten minutes in God’s Word and ten minutes in prayer? Twenty minutes! I guarantee you if you do that you’ll want to take thirty minutes. Then you’ll want to take more and you’ll find a way to do it. It’s a matter of priorities. If a television show the night before, or whatsapp in the morning, or whatever keeps you from that time is more important, then you won’t take the time. Decide to live according to your priorities.Matthew 6:33.
Waiting on the Lord can be to expect Him to answer. Sometimes we pray and the answer comes and we don’t connect the answer with our prayer. We might ask for an opportunity to share our faith with a person, and that very day we end up in the company dining room at the table with that person. What do you think the Lord wants you to do? Or we ask God for work and someone invites us to help with a job, but it was not what we were hoping for. Maybe we should think again. When you pray, wait and watch for the Lord to answer.
If you will develop this life pattern of looking to the Lord each morning and as you go through your day, He promises that you will mount up on wings like eagles. You will be able to soar high above your situations and see them from a heavenly perspective. Isaiah 55:6
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