There is a verse in Isaiah that may add an interesting twist to your prayer life.
Even those I will bring to My holy mountain,
And make them joyful in My house of prayer.
Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be acceptable on My altar;
For My house will be called a house of prayer for all the peoples.” (Isiah 56:7)
In this passage, God says He wants to bring people to “My house of prayer” and then further on God describes that His house will also be called “a house of prayer for all the peoples.”
Some have suggested that this special place on God’s holy mountain is not only a place where people gather to pray, but is also a place where God prays.
What does this mean? Is God praying for us?
Perhaps. We know that Jesus is sitting at God’s right hand interceding for us (Romans 8:33-34).
But there may be more to this than that. Prayer in its most basic sense is communication, we are speaking to God.
So is it possible that in His house of prayer, God also wants to communicate with us? As we intercede and pray, Jehovah wants to respond and talk to you.
But in order to do that we need to take time to listen.
And many times, God communicated with people by asking them questions. Now these were questions that God already knew the answer too, so God was not asking them for His benefit, but for theirs.
These questions helped them come face to face with what was really going on in their lives.
Jesus asked the lame man at the pool “Do you want to be healed?” (John 5:6-7). What did he really want? Did he want help to get to the pool or did he want to get healed?
On the Damascus road, Jesus asked Paul, who was then going by the name Saul, why was he persecuting Jesus and kicking against the goads.” (Acts 26:14). Are you fighting God about your circumstances in life?
When Elijah was hiding in the mountains after fleeing Jezebel, God asked “What are you doing here?” (1 Kings 19:9-10). Are you scared? Do you feel rejected?
In the Garden of Eden, God asked Adam and Eve “Where are you?” Are you hiding from God or your shame?
At the burning bush where God called Moses to deliver Israel, the Lord asked Moses “What is in your hand?” (Exodus 4:2). God was pointing to the rod that would be anointed to deliver Israel out of Egypt. God was not sending Moses into battle empty-handed.
When Jonah was complaining about going to Nineveh and calling the evil city to repentance, God asked “Do you have a good reason to be angry?” (Jonah 4:4)
When God showed Ezekiel a valley of filled with dry bones, God asked the prophet “Son of man, can these bones live?” (Ezekiel 37:3). Do you believe there is hope?
Frustrated and angry after his defeat at Ai because there was sin in the camp, Joshua fell onto his face in prayer. God asked, “Why is it that you have fallen on your face?” Was this the time to pray or a time to take action?
So maybe during your next prayer time, set aside time to listen, to wait upon the Lord. God may have a question for you.
31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. (Isaiah 40:3 NIV)