In an effort to emphasize the season of Thanksgiving, I’m celebrating it all through the month of November. Earlier I explained my 21 Days of Giving Thanks challenge (which you can read about here). Today let’s give thanks for the privilege of talking to God.
Day 18 – Give Thanks for Prayer
The Lord tells us in Isaiah 66:1-2,
“Heaven is my throne,
and the earth is my footstool;
what is the house that you would build for me,
and what is the place of my rest?
All these things my hand has made,
and so all these things came to be,”
declares the Lord.
“But this is the one to whom I will look:
he who is humble and contrite in spirit
and trembles at my word.”
Those last few words are key- the Lord listens to those who are humble, who are contrite, and who tremble at the words he has given us. I do not want to give the false impression that we all have an equal audience with God. According to this verse, we do not. We even subconsciously attest to this fact when we ask someone we consider more spiritual than ourselves to pray for us. We recognize, without even saying it, that those who humble themselves before God have his ear. Just like a servant who honors his king, those who humbly recognize their position before God enjoy the privilege of talking with him.
When we own up to our sin, confess our rebellion before our Creator (the essence of being “contrite in spirit”), and take him at his word, we find free entrance before the throne of grace. That is an astounding fact.
Unfortunately, many today claim to know God yet openly reject his word. They dismiss it as archaic, full of errors, or the work of men’s hands. You may be in that camp. You may have done many incredible things for God, just like the people mentioned in this verse who wanted to build a house (temple) for God. But, in spite of all this effort, God says you do not have an audience with him. But you can. Anyone can, if they come to God on his terms. We can talk to God and have confidence that he hears our prayers.
God doesn’t need anything from us, because he made and owns it all. What he wants is the devotion, trust, and submission of your heart.
Challenge: Thank God for telling you how to approach his throne. If you are at odds with God, humble yourself, repent, and take him at his word.