by Pastor Lee Hemen
March 29, 2008
I opened for my lover, but my lover had left; he was gone. My heart sank at his departure. I looked for him but did not find him. I called him but he did not answer. (Song of Solomon 5:6)
Now here is curious thing, this is a love song for two people in love with each other, what then does this have to do with us this day? Oh so much dear child of God! So much!
We may find ourselves in the dark night of the soul spoken by early Christians whereby our prayers seem to rattle around the rafters of our prayer room rather than reaching the throne of God. It may seem as if we awoke from our slumber, cried out from the nightmare we endured, wanting comfort only to find the One we lean on has not answered. In fact, it seems as if He is gone! But has He truly left us alone? NO!
The Master promised to never leave us nor forsake us, that no one could snatch us out of His hands, and that our hope is secure in Him. We have an unseen Comforter and Counselor who is always with us. Therefore why does it seem sometimes He is silent to our prayers? Why does it seem He has left us alone in the dark watches of the night?
Spurgeon wrote that “true saints continued long in patient waiting without reply, not because their prayers were not vehement, nor because they were unaccepted, but because it so pleased Him who is a Sovereign, and who gives according to His own pleasure. If it pleases Him to bid our patience exercise itself, shall He not do as He wills with His own! Beggars must not be choosers either as to time, place, or form. But we must be careful not to take delays in prayer for denials… Unanswered petitions are not unheard.”
Every prayer whispered to God in faith is heard. And herein is the key: In faith. Jesus teaches us “Have faith in God, I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” (Mark 11:22-24)
There it is. So much prayer is offered up as so many words rather than in faith or belief that God can actually do what He has promised or that He can supply our needs. This not a “name-it-and-claim-it” heresy I am teaching you about here, but rather the attitude of your heart when you enter into your prayer chamber. We want our prayers answered now and we want them answered in the way we prayed for them, never mind that God knows us better than we know ourselves! Never mind that we have not learned spiritual patience yet nor have we come to the knowledge that God can answer us with yes, no, wait, or not at all because we already knew the answer to our selfish prayer but prayed it anyway hoping God would see it our way instead.
Make no mistake God hears your prayers. Just because you cannot “feel” His presence or have received the answer you desired does not make it so. What to do then when your prayers rattle around the room? Ask Him for clarification. Is there something He desires to teach you in this moment of time? Do you need to finish what He has already given you first? I have learned that often we are unwilling to see the task, whatever it is, big or small clear through until God tells us to go to the next one. When we do this, God will leave us there until we learn the lesson He has for us. It is there can find the deeper walk and a closeness we so often seek with he Lord.
This Song of Solomon reminds us that “abiding” in Jesus is a love language. It is an intimate relationship brought about through sacrifice, time, and effort. The language used by Jesus when relating that His followers were to abide in Him is very intimate used by those who were lovers. So, when the writer Solomon wrote these words of a lover lying on her bed, waking up to find her loved one gone, it carries so much significance for those of us who are to have a love relationship with Jesus.
Have you called to Him, but have not received an answer? You long for the warmth of the lover of your soul being next to you again? Child, keep talking with Him, He hears you, just ask Him to grow you so you can know and do His will just as Jesus did. Not my will but Your will be done. Your prayers may be hindered because of you, talk with Him and He will let you know.
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