7 The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. 8 So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey—the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. 9 And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. 10 So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.” Exodus 3:7-10
In verse 9, the Lord says, “and now the cry of the Israelites has reached me…” It’s an interesting phrase we see a lot in the Old Testament.
I’ve always wondered how many prayers have to be stored up for Him to notice and respond? I’m sure it’s much different than that but that’s what I take away from it.
When you pray and nothing happens….
When you plead with God and you hear nothing…
When thousands of us pray about an issue and nothing happens…
Does it take 10,002 people praying to effect an answer from God?
Or just one of us?
The Bible tells us that “the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” James 5:16 Does that then mean that we pray and nothing happens that we’re unrighteous people?
Prayer is complex, and certainly more complex than we want it to be. The actual “mechanics” of pray is simple: baring out souls to God. What happens then?
We don’t see the unseen world. We don’t know what’s going on behind that Unseen Curtain.
And we don’t know how many prayers it takes to “move God,” as it were.
Nevertheless, we are commanded to pray.
And pray we will.