A small Bible study group recently met at the house that God owns but I inhabit : ). During the time that we were sharing prayer requests, a dear friend (who is pushing 80 while caring for her 90 something husband), said something like “I feel so helpless. At this point in my life, the only thing I can do is pray.” And I can’t tell you how many times I have said something similar. But, over the last few years I have spent some time considering that, and so I was able to reply.
“Oh, how sad that the ONLY thing you can do is enter the presence of the Most High, Creator, Defender, Mighty Fortress, Holy One of Israel, Ancient of Days and Mighty Warrior! You can only enter the very Throne Room at the lifting of His scepter, where the train of His robe fills the Temple and the prayers of the saints rise like incense continually. Where angels attend Him crying “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord of Hosts. The whole earth is full of His glory.”
Are you telling me that you have a standing invitation to enter His presence? You get an audience with the King of Kings Who hung the moon and stars in the sky and beckons the waves to the shore?
What an enormous honor for me and kindness to me if you would enter the Throne Room with my name on your lips! Even if you could personally provide all the needs for which we pray today, that physical provision would pale in the face of entering the Throne Room on behalf of those in need. Do you realize how many times you may have been instrumental in the provision of finances, peace, healing, and the return of prodigal sons because you did the best thing first? Please, don’t ever think of it as the only thing you can do when you have the ear of the King.”
The longer I have been on this journey, the more I realize something else about the petitions we bring before the King. If you are mentioning my name in the Throne Room (which, oh how I hope you will), more than my physical provision, physical healing, physical peace and physical favor, I would treasure your petition for my spiritual food, spiritual healing, spiritual protection, spiritual guidance, spiritual peace, and spiritual favor. Please implore the Master of the Universe to forego giving me what I want in favor of providing what He knows I most need.
And if you sometimes see DIScomfort in my life after you have presented your petitions, please don’t think that He did not hear or is slow to act. In fact, assume He HAS heard and is acting in response. The seed must decay and break open before the new growth appears just as there is struggle in a bird exiting an egg, a butterfly a cocoon, and a baby a womb. If the seed, the bird, the butterfly or the baby avoids discomfort, they will never experience life! And, after all, the physical will one day pass away. But the spiritual remains.
So, please PLEASE, don’t feel bad if the ONLY thing you can do is mention my name in the throne room. It is the most POWERFUL and LOVING thing you can do and I am most grateful.
Isa 6:1 In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!”