The patriarch Job in his sufferings uttered these words: “Oh, that I knew where I might find Him, that I might come even to His seat! I would lay my cause before Him and fill my mouth with arguments. I would learn what He would answer me, and understand what He would say to me. Would He plead against me with His great power? No. He would give heed to me. There, the righteous could reason with Him; so, I should be acquitted by my Judge forever… He knows the way that I take. When He tried me, I shall come forth as refined gold”. (Job 23: 3-7,10). It is difficult to fathom the hurt this man of God went through. In his utterances, he was praying for a salve to heal his physical and emotional hurts. In those days, Job did not have the assurance that we have through the death of YAHSHUA, when the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom, giving us an access to the heavenly Father. The letter to the Hebrews says, Therefore, brethren, since we have full freedom and confidence to enter into the [Holy of Holies by the power and virtue] in the blood of YAHSHUA, by this fresh and living way which He initiated and dedicated and opened for us through the separating curtain (veil of the Holy of Holies) that is, through His flesh… let us all come forward and draw near with true hearts in unqualified assurance and absolute conviction engendered by faith, having our hearts sprinkled and purified from a guilty conscience and our bodies cleansed with pure water (Heb. 10:19-20,22). The confidence to enter into the Holy of Holies is given to those who have been born again- of water and of the Spirit (John 3). The first prayer God hears from a sinner is the prayer of repentance and ultimately, of salvation. As a child of God, the believer can be confident of the privilege to enter into the courts of heaven at any time and find relief for his pains. Many people are praying to the wrong gods. Their prayers are lengthy, but they are empty words, without power. Empty they came, empty they leave without receiving relief for their hurts, because their prayers went nowhere. It was in the case of the false prophets in the days of the Prophet Elijah. They spent half of the day praying to Baal and nothing happened. A prayer without faith in the true God, is like a car trying to go up the hill without gas.
The Bible says that the prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available (James 5:16b). Is anyone among you afflicted? He should pray; Is anyone glad at heart? He should sing praise [to God]; is anyone among you sick? He should call in the church elders and they should pray over him, anointing him with oil in the Lord’s name. and the prayer [that is] of faith will save him who is sick, and the Lord will restore him; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven (James 5:13-15). The relief for all our hurts will come when we pray with faith, believing that is already done. Faith is the salve that heals the hurt through prayer. This is conditionally upon cleanness of the heart. Iniquity lodged in the heart will hinder the prayer from getting to God; it will be cut off from His presence. The psalmist says, If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me (Psalm 66:18); God speaks to the nation of Israel and says, When you spread your hands [in prayer, imploring help], I will hide My eyes from you; even though you make many prayers, I will not hear. Your hands are full of blood (Isaiah 1:15). Prayers that are lifted to God with a contrite heart and in faith, will certainly cause Him to move in our favor. God spoke to the Prophet Jeremiah and said, Call unto Me and I will answer you; I will tell you mighty things that you do not know (Jer. 33:3). Calling unto the true and only God will result in great reward, for He hears the prayer of the righteous. Here is a testimony from King David: Come and hear, all you who reverently and worshipfully fear God, and I will declare what He has done for me! I cried aloud to Him; He was extolled and high praise was under my tongue…Blessed be God Who has not rejected my prayer nor removed His mercy and loving-kindness from being with me (Ps. 66:16-17,20). As King David acknowledged the Lord’s answer to his prayers with praise and thanksgiving, we ought to do the same. Answered prayers should not go unnoticed and ignored. Sharing God’s faithfulness with praise and thanksgiving, will bless others and the salve we receive to alleviate our hurts, will pass unto them.
“I asked God for strength and He gave me difficulties to make me strong;
I sked Him for wisdom and He gave me problems to solve;
I asked Him for courage and He gave me dangers to overcome;
I asked God for love and He gave me troubled people to help.
My prayers were all answered.”
He knows what we need before we ask Him; He knows what is best for each of us. We do not always know what to ask, but our heavenly Father knows the cries of our heart and gives us the right salve to mend our hurt.