“Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called a house of prayer for all people. The Lord God, which gathereth the outcasts of Israel saith, Yet will I gather others to him, beside those that are gathered unto him” (Isaiah 56:7-8).
What a blessing he truly has been to me. When I think about Calvary and the sacrifice that Jesus made, I have to repent all over again for my attitudes. It never ceases to amaze me that the Lord would die for me. Who am I? I know my background. I know the grave errors I have made. I live daily with the reminders of bad decisions made decades ago; yet, he loves me. He even loves me when I complain like an “Israelite.” (whining about unimportant things, instead of trusting God to deliver from bondage.)
Not only will the Lord bring us to a place of refuge, he also promises to make us joyful in his house of prayer. There is no other response but to be joyful when you are allowed to be in the presence of Jehovah God. When the Lord enters the sanctuary, lives are changed, and we begin to realize that we are so blessed to have a Savior who knows how to meet every need that we may have. He doesn’t always answer at the split second that we call, sometimes he must custom fit our answered prayer and that takes time to bring to pass.
We can rest assured that when the answer does come, it will be the best solution and timing of all records. The Lord’s will is perfect. It is a privilege to pray. Sometimes it may seem that you aren’t getting the results that you’d like when you pour out your heart day after day. It may look like the enemy has won: but don’t quit! Jesus Christ has already won the battle that you are facing. He has already made a way of escape.
“Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon” (Isaiah 55:6-7).
He tells us that he will not forget us because we are carved into the palms of his hands, which is an eternal reminder that we are his children.
What a friend we have in Jesus, all our griefs to bear;
What a privilege to carry, everything to God in prayer.
Oh what peace we often forfeit,
Oh what needless pain we bear,
all because we do not carry, everything to God in prayer.
“Keep therefore the words of this covenant, and do them, that ye may prosper in all that ye do” (Proverbs 29:9).
“For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power” (Colossians 2: 9-10).
“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time” (1 Timothy 2:5-6).