Exodus 3: 7-8b (KJV)
And the Lord said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows; and I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians.
A Sunday School story is told of a man of God who lived in an ancient city. The city was flooded and all lives were destroyed, but he managed to run to the top of the tallest mountain in town where he called on God for help saying “God, I am your servant, come and save me from this flood.” Just before the flood water got to his ankle, a rescue team came in a flying boat “jump in” they exclaimed but he responded, “no, God will come and save me”. When the water got to his knees, another team appeared and yet another when the water was at his waist, but his response was the same. The water finally covered him and he drowned. When he got to heaven, he told God how disappointed he was, but God’s response was “I sent help to you three different times. Those rescuers came in response to your prayer but you turned them down.”
God answers us so many times by sending men, but the inability to discern such answers from God is a reason why many continue suffering. God heard the cry of the people of Israel and came to rescue them, however, he came not as God Almighty, but through Moses. The people of Israel were crying to God for a messiah, but they rejected him when he came as Christ Jesus because they could not discern their day of visitation.
Discerning answers when they come from God is as important as asking for help. If we cannot receive answers, our prayers will be long and unending.
Go into today trusting the Holy Spirit to help you discern the answers to your prayers no matter how they come.