The Prayers Of The Saints

The Song Of Solomon 3:1, “By night on my bed I sought him whom my soul loveth: I sought him, but I found him not.”

The Song of Solomon is rich in it’s language. The Song is about Solomon and his precious Shulamite that he loved so dearly, but the language will direct the mind of the child of God to the love the Lord has for His children.

In our study verse, it’s the Shulamite that says, “By night on my bed I sought him whom my soul loveth;…” Was she simply dreaming about her beloved Solomon, or was she anticipating the day when they would be together. Either way, the lesson is profound and precious to the child of grace in this present world.

In this present world, the children of God spend many hours upon their beds thinking about the Lord. The prayers that the children of God have prayed while laying in bed is beyond human count. I myself have prayed many times and have spent many hours calling on Him “whom my soul loveth,” asking Him for help and longing to be near Him that I may experience peace in this world of troubles and trials. How often the devil whispers in the ears of God’s precious little children and says, “He cannot hear you.” Or the devil will sow a seed of doubt in the mind that one would ask “does God even care?” Dear child of grace, the Lord cares and the Lord hears when you call unto Him.

In Psalm 149:5-9 we read, “Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds. Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a twoedged sword in their hand; To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people; To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; To execute upon them the judgment written: this honour have all his saints. Praise ye the LORD.” Every time I read those verses, my heart is overwhelmed. The songs the children of God sing (prayers and praise) upon their bed is heard by our King. The songs we sing upon our bed are answered. The songs we sing upon our beds can bind kings and nobles in this world. The songs we sing upon our bed brings judgment upon evil doers. How? Because the prayers upon our beds are to the One Who has all power in heaven and earth. God is the sovereign ruler of the universe, and there is none who can stay His hand and say unto Him “What doest thou?” ( Daniel 4:35).

In 1 Peter 3:12 we read, “For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers:…” Peter, in this verse of scripture, is quoting from Psalm 34:15. When David penned the words of Psalm 34, he was dwelling in a cave. David had fled for his life from the evil efforts of Saul of Kish. By the time David penned these words, many had resorted with him in the cave. They too had become disheartened and discouraged by Saul’s evil ways. David directs their minds to the Lord saying, “The Lord hears you when you call unto Him.” The Apostle Peter firmly believed it was the same in his day. The people he was writing to had left their homes and land of nativity behind. The persecutions of those that hated the Lord and His truth had forced them to find refuge in other places. Yet Peter declared to them plainly, the Lord is listening to your requests.

In James 5:16 we read, “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” James would go on to tell us about Elijah. Elijah was a man like you and I. He wasn’t an alien from another world. He prayed and the Lord heard and caused it not to rain for three years and six months. Elijah prayed again and God gave the rain. Wow! How about that? And you may think to yourself, “that couldn’t happen today.” My question is, “Why not?” The Lord is the same as He was in Elijah’s day. James firmly believed the Lord was the same in his day otherwise he would not have penned these words for the people to read. I will firmly declare unto you, The Lord is the same today. There is a hymn in our Hymn Books that declares this truth. Just The Same Today.

When Moses and the Israelites from Egypt’s land did flee

Behind them were proud Pharaoh’s host in front of them the sea;

God raised the waters like a wall and opened up the way.

When David and Goliath met, the wrong against the right;

The giant armed with human strength and David with God’s might,

God sent a stone by David’s sling, the giant low did lay.

When Daniel faithful to his God would not bow down to men.

And by his enemies was hurled into the lion’s den;

God shut the lion’s mouths, we read, and robbed them of their prey.

When Pentecost had fully come, and fire from heav’n did fall,

The Savior with the Holy Ghost Baptized them one and all;

Three thousand were converted and were added right away.

And the God that lived ion the olden times, Is just the same today.

He’s just the same today, He’s just the same today.

Brothers and sisters in Christ, I realize the troubles, trials and worries of this world are heavy at times. My heart and my eyes weep for them that suffer because of the evil that exists in this present world. But please never forget, the One that loves you with an unchanging and unending love, hears you when you call unto Him. And He is able, according to Paul in Ephesians 3:20, “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think,…” And my hope is that you will be encouraged, whatever you are facing, to believe, trust and call on Him for help. Amen!

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