With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Behold, he is praying

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Behold, he is praying

The following is from Alistair Begg's Daily Devotional for November 3, 2009. It encouraged me greatly and perhaps it will you as well.

Behold, he is praying
Acts 9:11

Prayers are instantly noticed in heaven. The moment Saul began to pray, the Lord heard him. Here is comfort for the distressed but praying soul. When our hearts are broken and we bow in prayer, we are often only able to employ the language of sighs and tears; still our groaning has made all the harps of heaven thrill with music.

That tear has been caught by God and treasured in the receptacle of heaven. "Put my tears in your bottle" implies that they are caught as they flow. The petitioner, whose fears prevent his words, will be well understood by the Most High. He may only look up with misty eye; but "prayer is the falling of a tear."

Tears are the diamonds of heaven; sighs are a part of the music of Jehovah's court and are numbered with "the sublimest strains that reach the majesty on high." Do not think that your prayer, however weak or trembling, will be unregarded.

Jacob's ladder is lofty, but our prayers shall lean upon the Angel of the covenant and so climb its starry rounds.

Our God not only hears prayer but also loves to hear it.

He does not forget the cry of the humble. True, He does not regard high looks and lofty words; He does not care for the pomp and pageantry of kings; He does not listen to the drums of war; He does not regard the triumph and pride of man.

But wherever there is a heart enlarged with sorrow or a lip quivering with agony or a deep groan or a penitential sigh, the heart of Jehovah is open.

He marks it down in the registry of His memory; He puts our prayers, like rose leaves, between the pages of His book of remembrance, and when at last the volume is opened, there will be a precious fragrance springing from it.


Mildred said...

Thank you for sharing this. It is very comforting.

Walking on Sunshine... said...

Very lovely. Thank you for posting it today! I heard that promise when I was a little girl of God collecting every tear we cry and it made such an impact in my life. I can honestly say that when I am having hard times and crying my heart out before the Lord that promise comes back to me. How wonderful it is that when we are hurting God does care!

The Watts Family said...

wonderful post thank you for sharing ~blessings Heather :D

Lady Farmer said...

Alistair Begg is probably my favorite 'radio' preacher! I would love to someday hear/see him preach in person!
This is a wonderful post ~ one that I needed to hear!

Miss Jen said...

Alistair Begg~ is one of my favorite
preachers too!! Thank you for sharing this,
Mrs.H! Words to heed indeed. :)

Love~ Miss Jen

hip chick said...

That is beautiful. I especially like the last paragraph.

crochet lady said...

Lovely and comforting thoughts.

greenmeadows said...

Its very encouraging!

Jan @ bobbypinsboardwalk said...

That was absolutely beautiful and so reassuring. I am in awe of such a mighty God who can comfort without a word being spoken. I'm so glad that God connected me with you, and pray that through your blog my faith grows stronger. Thank you for visiting me today so that I could find your lovely blog. (...and what darling hats you make!)


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