God Answers While His People Pray

“God often answers his people in the very time while they are praying.  Isaiah 58:9 ‘When they call I will answer, and when they cry he shall say, Here I am.’  This has been the course of God’s dealing with the prayer-makers all along.  [Abel (Genesis 4:4); Daniel (Daniel 9:21); Cornelius & Peter (Acts 10:3-9); Paul (Acts 9:11).] God delights to honour his own ordinance, and to reward the waiting soul, that is frequent and constant in this way of waiting upon God, which should encourage us to be more frequent and serious in this work.  You shall see how, in the very act of prayer, God has (1) averted judgments; (2) bestowed mercies and favours.”

[Psalm 99:6-8 gives the examples of Moses, Aaron, and Samuel.]  “The drift of the Psalmist in this place is to show, by eminent instances of holy men that were most notable for prayer, how they have stopped judgments when they began to be executed… With every one of these God was pleased to talk and commune as a friend.  Such honour was God pleased to put on these his faithful servants; and when the people had provoked God, and God’s wrath was already gone out against them for their crying sins, their prayers were so effectual as to divert the plagues and obtain remission.”    –Thomas Manton “The Works of Thomas Manton” Vol. 1 (Banner of Truth) p. 353-354

About Maureen Stohlmeyer

Grateful to have been married to my wonderful husband Michael for nearly 35 years who is now with the Lord, I would like to share from writers from the past who have strengthened our faith and walk with Jesus Christ our Savior and Redeemer. His walk with God was deeply enriched by the writings of authors from the past and I dedicate this blog to him and to them.
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