Monday, August 24, 2009

daily text 08/24

Monday, August 24th, 2009
"[God] has paid attention to the voice of my prayer." (Psalm 66:19)

If we keep Jehovah before us, he will answer our prayers. (Psalm 65:2) We have proof of this in the case of Abraham’s oldest servant, likely Eliezer. Abraham sent him to Mesopotamia to obtain a God-fearing wife for Isaac. Eliezer prayed for divine guidance and recognized it as such when Rebekah watered his camels. Because he was prayerful, Eliezer found the one who became Isaac’s beloved wife. (Genesis 24:12-14, 67) Should we not be just as confident that Jehovah hears our prayers? At times, we may need to pray quickly for God’s help. On one occasion, Persian King Artaxerxes noticed that his cupbearer Nehemiah was gloomy and asked why. “At once [Nehemiah] prayed to the God of the heavens.” Nehemiah could not linger in that apparently silent prayer. Yet, God answered it, for Nehemiah was given the king’s support to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. (Nehemiah 2:1-8) Yes, even a brief, silent prayer can be effective. (Watchtower issue: 02/15/08, 1:4, 5)

*This is a good point to mention to new Bible students, since many people tend to think of prayer as being something which is very 'involved' or that requires an outward physical display or specific position,...such as getting down on your knees, or in some religions -prostrating yourself on the ground and saying specific words. But the fact that Jehovah had these examples included in the Scriptures, shows that he wants us to know that he is just as aware of short, inwardly spoken words to him, and is ready to respond to our petitions based on whatever situation we find ourselves in at the time. There's a ton of modern-day examples of this, but for anyone who hasn't seen this interview yet, you can listen to an assembly experience given by a sister who found herself in just such a predictament -where she didn't have time to offer a long prayer because she was driving on the bridge in Minneapolis when it collapsed.