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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Thank God When He Answers Prayers

In review of Habakkuk 3:2 it says, “O Lord, now I have heard your report, and I worship you in awe”

Bottom Line:
I have heard about you, and I worship you in awe.

What this means to me:
I have heard all about what you have done in the past and I am filled with awe and worship you for what you have done.

Today’s verse comes from the first part of Habakkuk chapter 3. It is prayer sung by Habakkuk, a prophet. Habakkuk says, I have heard all about you, Lord. I am filled with awe by your amazing works. In our time of great need, please help us again as you did in years gone by. And in your anger, remember your mercy.  You had sent your chariots of salvation and saved your people with your might hand. I trembled when I heard this. I will wait quietly for the coming day when disaster will strike those against us. I will rejoice in the Lord and be joyful of my salvation. For the Sovereign Lord is my strength!. He makes me as surefooted as a deer, able to tread upon the heights.

It is so much easier to hear God speak when I’m worshiping him.

In other words, thank him for being a part of my life and for being interested in the details of it. I thank him for answering my prayers: “O Lord, now I have heard your report, and I worship you in awe” (Habakkuk 3:2a TLB). God provides a vision. God has given me some things to do, so now I thank Him for answering my prayer. This is all part of worshiping God.

I should not think of my prayer’s as a monologue. Rather I should view them as what they should truly be: a dialogue. Afterall, prayer is a conversation with God. God hears me when I pray, and he answers me when you ask questions. He wants to talk to me every day.

What I’m learning is that there are three levels of knowing God: recognition, acquaintance, and friendship. The recognition level: You know God is there, but you don’t really know him. The acquaintance level: You know God, but not very well.

The fact is that God wants me to live at the friendship level. He wants to be my friend, and he wants me to be his friend. God wants to talk with me all the time.

Today I pray: “Dear God, I’m amazed that you would want me for a friend. I really want to learn to have conversations with you. Help me to spend time with you every day. Thank you that you care about every detail of my life. Jesus, I want to know you more and more every day, and I want to depend on you for guidance in my job, my family, my future, and in every other area of my life. I invite you to be the manager of my life, my Lord and Savior, as I follow you and trust you. In your name I pray. Amen.”