Watching for His Answers
One way the Most High communicates with us is through prayer. There are a number of biblical words for prayer, including tefillah. The black leather straps worn by Orthodox Jewish men for morning prayers are called tefillin, from this word for prayer.
How does He answer during prayer? Elijah prayed at the time of the evening sacrifice in 1 Kings 18:36-39. The Father answered with divine fire which consumed the offering, the wood, the stones, the dust, and the water. That's really dramatic! We may not witness this, but we can expect Him to respond to our prayers.
The Psalmist said, “Adonai, in the morning you will hear my voice; in the morning I lay my needs before you and watch expectantly” (Psalm 5:3). This praying man was on the lookout. He was watching expectantly, which is a Hebrew word related to watchtower. The watchman on his tower scans the horizon for approaching guests. In the same way, we see a panoramic view of approaching answers.
Habakkuk declared that he would stand at his guard post on the wall, and keep watch. He would not move until he discerned the Almighty's words. We likewise station ourselves in prayer, and ardently wait for His answer until we receive it. The actions of praying and watching are repeated in the command of the Master Yeshua who says, “Watch and pray.”
Please join me in prayer as we scan the horizon, and wait for our Prayer Hearer to speak.
Published December 1, 2016