He’s Praying to Me Right Now
Acts 9:10-12 Now there was a believer in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord spoke to him in a vision, calling, “Ananias!”
“Yes, Lord!” he replied.
11 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. 12 I have shown him a vision of a man named Ananias coming in and laying hands on him so he can see again.”
As I was reading this morning, there was this sentence that jumped off the page. You know the kind. The ones that make you feel like you’ve never seen them before. It’s the kind that have you wondering just when it was that He put THAT sentence in there. Surely it wasn’t there before. I assure you – it’s been there all the time. Today is when you REALLY needed to see it, so He illuminated it for you. That sentence for me this morning was: “He is praying to me right now.” It’s the story of Saul’s conversion and how God spoke to Ananias in a vision to go to Saul and pray for him. As you can see, right in the middle of it, God says “He is praying to me right now.”
I saw this enormous picture in my mind of a man on one side, praying, and on the other side, God is, at the same time putting together the answer to His prayer by connecting the dots to make it so.
I don’t know if that makes you shiver, but it sure does me. Even as we are uttering the words in prayer, He is already working. We may not see the evidence of it right away. After all, it took some time for Ananias to do what God directed him to do. There’s a lot we don’t know.
If you are the “pray-er” today, you can rest assured that as you pray, God is already connecting the dots in answer to your prayer.
We live in such a fast paced society, that if we don’t get a response right away, it is hard to continue to trust that God is really in control. Or there are trials so deep and wide that we are sure that He has forgotten us. Please dear ones, reject that lie from the enemy of your soul. Your God has not forgotten you, never will, not gonna happen! While you pray, He IS working. His timing is perfect. He knows the desperation of your cry. He knows the real need inside the need. He wants even more than you for your crisis or need to point people to Him.
As Christians, we want our lives to glorify Him. What that means in a simple sense is that my life and everything in it would point to Him. As people see us walk through difficulties, we continue to trust. As people see us face crisis, they see real people with real problems that trust a real God. The God that is so great that even as we are praying He is working out an answer or series of events that will all point to His goodness, love, grace and mercy. What is in your life today that you need to trust Him for? What are you praying about that you need to have that picture of Him already orchestrating your rescue? Know that He is great. Know that at the end of the day, your life, through your crisis or difficulty, can point real people with real problems to trust a real God.