Amazing. Daniel in the lions den, thanked God for his passion to commit all into the hands of his Creator, the lions mouths were stayed until the next day…
1. Hannah is infertile, and she prays desperately for a son.
Hannah was the unfortunate barren second wife, ridiculed and humiliated by the wife who easily bore children. So Hannah pleaded with God for a son, promising to give him back to the Lord: “O Lord Almighty, if you will only look upon your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the Lord for all the days of his life” (1 Sam. 1:11).
Sure enough, Samuel became the greatest prophet in Israel’s history, who maintained direct communication with God throughout his life. In addition to Samuel, God gave Hannah three more sons and two daughters. When we are willing to give our best to God, He blesses us with more!
2. Peter is in prison for preaching the gospel; the church prayed for his release.
After the Christian faith began to take root, the religious Hebrew governor, King Herod Agrippa, arrested Peter and put him in prison. “So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him.” (Acts 12:5)
One night, an angel appeared in Peter’s jail cell and led him out of the prison, through doors and past guards. Peter arrived at Mary’s house, where the church was gathered praying; the servant girl was so surprised, she forgot to let him right in the house. Sometimes, God answers our prayers so quickly, it surprises us!
3. Jerusalem is under siege, so Hezekiah prays to save his people.
The powerful Assyrian king Sennacharib had laid siege to Jerusalem. King Hezekiah, who told his people to keep their faith in God, prayed for delivery from their enemy: ‘Now, O Lord our God, deliver us from his hand, so that all kingdoms on earth may know that you alone, O Lord, are God’” (2 Kings 19:19).
That night, the angel of the Lord killed 185,000 Assyrian soldiers, which compelled the rest of the army to return home without a fight. Whenever God’s people follow His plan, He wages war on their behalf!
4. Jairus asks Jesus to heal his daughter so she won’t die.
Jairus, a synagogue ruler, risked his position in his faith community by making a request of the new religious teacher, Jesus, right in front of everyone: “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live” (Mark 5:23).
Jesus tested Jairus’ faith with a stop along the way to heal a sick woman, so before Jesus got to Jairus’ house, the little girl had already died. But Jesus was planning more than a healing—he told Jairus to believe. Jesus entered the house and raised the girl back to life! Jesus wants to exceed our hearts’ desires—he wants to resurrect our faith!
5. Moses asks God to see Him.
Moses talked to God regularly. In a beautiful conversation, Moses asked for God’s blessing on the Israelites and for God’s presence to go with them as they traveled. Then Moses asked to see God’s glory—God’s very personage—up close: “Now show me your glory” (Exodus 33:18).
God responded by tucking Moses into a little cleft on Mt. Sinai and covering his view until God stood before him. Then God removed his hand and allowed Moses to view His form from the back. What was the result of this encounter? Moses so greatly resembled God’s brilliance that he had to wear a veil over his face so the Israelites could look at him. How much of God’s presence could we witness and represent, if we worshipped like Moses?