“THE GOD TO WHOM WE PRAY”
As Christians, we have many reasons to rejoice. One of the greatest is the God to whom we pray. Unlike Allah, our God is not capricious, changing his mind from moment to moment. His children are well known, chosen from the foundation of the world, predestinated to be conformed to the image of His dear Son and He boldly declares, “I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.” As the Christian prays, they approach a throne of grace, not a throne of works or merit. Who could get good enough to merit the favors of a perfect and Holy God? All merit is in their Lord and not themselves. They are not expected to bow down to a shrine or a statue, nor are they expected to make a long pilgrimage to gain the accolades of their God. They have had the accolades and love of their God from eternity past as the prophet has foretold: “The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.” This is Grace!! The God of the Christian, the One true God, has dwelt among men and ascended back to glory. He well knows our feeling and troubles when we call upon Him and He can be touched with the feeling of our infirmities for He has been here. His ability is unlimited, He is the mighty God! Wonderful thought! As Paul has said, “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think”. Whatever we have thought that He might do, He is able to do much more than our thoughts. He has created all things by the power of His Word. He parted the Red Sea for His people and gave them water from a stone. Is there anything that He can not do? Let us remember this when we call upon Him. He is as compassionate as He is mighty. He will not give a stone for bread, a serpent for a fish or a scorpion for an egg. This He tells us to encourage us to call upon Him for our every need. He is not far away or absent when we call upon Him. As the psalmist has declared, He is a very present help in time of trouble. He is always present with us, even in our darkest hour. This is the God to whom we pray!