By He Reads Truth
Though Scripture contains many written prayers, like those found in the book of Psalms, and many teachings on how to pray, like the parables and sermons in Jesus’s ministry, this reading plan focuses on the prayers offered to God in the narratives of Scripture. Each day we’ll read a narrative that includes a prayer from an individual or group. Their prayers vary in length, type, posture, purpose, and God’s response. The secondary passages explore how the rest of Scripture speaks to the themes demonstrated in the main reading.
While each account is different, every prayer recorded in Scripture teaches us about the unchanging God who invites us to speak to and hear from Him. These prayers model for us what it can look like to be in conversation with God. As you read, notice the posture and emotions present each day.
Reading Scripture together is the centerpiece of what we do at He Reads Truth. As we spend time as a community reading Prayers in Scripture together, we encourage you to start by reading the daily Scripture on your own. Then join us here to engage and encourage one another as we respond to what we’ve read in the comments.
What has it looked like for you to wait on God?
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4 thoughts on "The God Who Responds"
Patience is a virtue! God answers prayers in His time. Faith that all things work together for the good for those who trust and believe in God and his son Jesus Christ is the foundation of my prayer life.
The biggest challenge in waiting on God is discerning whether a delay means “no” or “not yet”. I have been waiting many years for an answer to a particular prayer and being able to trust that God will answer positively at some date in the future is very hard. The longer I wait, the more I understand why people take their own pathway to their desires. But, like in the case of Isaac and Ishmael, doing so can have quite negative results.
Waiting can be so hard. Lord help me to not deliver myself. Help me to trust your timing and do not lean on my own understanding. In Jesus name I pray, amen!
Everything in our society (esp. here in the West), points to and revel in the NOW. We huff & puff if we don’t get things delivered in 2 hours (How did we LIVE before Prime 2 day delivery?!?!?!!). We forget how many saints in the Bible prayed for YEARS before God answered their prayers. Many others never got to experience their answers. So, we have them to remind us. We of course have Jesus to remind us of waiting for the Lord. If we take a breath and pause and reflect for a moment, we can even remember the many times God was with us and answered our prayers. I am grateful for the Holy Spirit and His Word to remind me and guide me through my impatience.
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