Daily D – Acts 9:10-11
Now there was a believer in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord spoke to him in a vision, calling, “Ananias!” “Yes, Lord!” He replied. The Lord said, “Go over to Straight Street, to the house of Judas. When you get there, ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul. He is praying to me right now.” ACTS 9:10-11 (NLT)
My bride most often leaves her iPad here at home when she goes to her office. It dings when she receives text messages. Ordinarily, this does not bother me. It reminds me to pray for her and for the issues she faces in her job. However, the dings do irritate me a bit when I am trying to nap.
Now and then the two of us have a text exchange. She reminds me of something I am supposed to do or we discuss dinner plans. When I hit SEND on my message, there is a delay as the message goes all the way to a satellite in space and bounces back to the iPad sitting across the room in our house and I hear that old familiar ding. There is a further delay as she continues working on whatever she is focused on at that moment. She finally reads the message and responds.
Of course, my bride frequently hits SEND and then calls about the same time the text message arrives so that she can ask me or tell me the same thing she sent in the text message.
How quickly does God answer prayer? Read v. 11 again: “He (Saul) is praying to me right now.” Our Father in heaven is quicker at answering our prayers than we are in praying them. I guess Jesus knew what he was talking about when he said right before the words of the Lord’s Prayer,
“When you pray, don’t babble on and on as people of other religions do. They think their prayers are answered merely by repeating their words again and again. Don’t be like them, for your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him!”
Matt. 6:7, 8
What is God waiting to say Yes to for you? He is quicker than a text message, faster than a phone call. He is ready, willing, and able to hear and to respond to whatever is on your heart and mind.
I will pray trusting God to hear and to respond.
Our Father, thank you for being quicker at answering our prayers than we are to pray them. Thank you for answering better than we ask. Thank you that you know what we need before we ask. Thank you for this gift of loving communication and instant relationship. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.