Prayer - Illumination
2Thus says the LORD who made the earth, the LORD who formed it to establish it—the LORD is his name: 3Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known. —Jeremiah 33:2-3
So far we have looked at three promise words found in God’s word to Jeremiah: invitation, insurance, and inspiration. Here’s the fourth: illumination. Illumination comes from “I will . . . tell you . . . hidden things.” Illuminations are insights that no one can see but me and God. Some translations have “mighty things.” NIV says “unsearchable things.” The Hebrew term is used to describe fortified cities that were inaccessible and unassailable. God knows things about our circumstances: great things, mighty things, hidden things. This is one of the greatest blessings of prayer: God tells us things. We’re used to thinking about God speaking to us in and through His Word. But sometimes even His Word doesn’t become clear to us until we are quiet and prayerfully listening. Unceasing prayer is a conversation that expects God to speak to us directly. That can’t happen without moments of expectant silence given during which we anticipate hearing from God.
So, go to God about that person who presents such a challenge in your life. God tells us why people are the way they are or why certain things had to happen as they did. God reminds us what good is being accomplished that we can't see. God tells us how the future will be better, even though it seems impossible now. God sees everything that is hidden to us, and He chooses to tell us about them.
“Can't you be more specific, James?”
No, I cannot, because though I know what God has shown me, I don't know what the hidden things are for you. Isn't it awesome to think that God has some hidden things for you? How awesome to know something that only you and God know? God told Jeremiah that prayer is the condition in which He tells us hidden things. “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.”
You don't learn those things in college or small group, or even church; you discover them in prayer. You don't glean these things in good books. You don't even learn these things in experience or through time; you learn them in prayer. What do I not know that I could know if I was more faithful in prayer? —James MacDonald
· What examples from my prayer life can I note that have turned out to be “hidden things” between myself and God?
· How are these intimacies affecting my daily walk with God?
Prayer - Thank You, Father, that I can pray with David, “O Lord, You have searched me and know me!” (Psalm 139:1). Thank You for demonstrating Your personal awareness of everything about me by showing me “hidden things” that are just for me. Help me to be faithful to those convictions, comforts, and guidance. Keep my eyes, ears, and heart wide open for more that You have for me! In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.