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“Longed For” Prayer Answered

When I read John’s post from yesterday, it immediately made me think of another event.

John wrote:   “This came to mind during Christmas when I preached on Simeon holding the longed-for Messiah in his arms and thanked God for answered prayer. How long had Simeon been praying? How long had the Jews been praying for Immanuel to come, during those 400 years of God’s apparent silence since Isaiah made those great hope-filled Messianic prophecies?

The translation of the Bible into the Kimyal language was the event that came to mind when I read John’s comments.  Watch the video clip below and you’ll understand why I made the connection.

A “longed for” prayer, that the Bible would be translated into the Kimyal language, was answered that day.  But more importantly, the Word of God which brings the life transforming message of Jesus Christ to people was now in the hands of the Kimyal people.  The Kimyal people would now take that Word to others that they might come into relationship with Christ, grow as His disciples and come into communities of believers.  This is our and their ongoing “longed for” prayer: that the earth would be filled with the knowledge of God as the waters cover the sea; that many others from all nations would be brought into God’s great worshipping community.

This is one of God’s ministry highlights for 2010.  I would encourage you to share this link with others within the World Team community and outside, so that together we may rejoice together with our workers who participated in this work at God’s amazing grace and His desire to hear and respond to the prayers of His people.

6 Responses

  1. Unanswered Prayer

    In reading through Revelation devotionally I was impressed by the way the prayers of the saints who died never having their prayers for God’s kingdom of righteousness answered during their lifetime have their prayers shored up in golden bowls of incense to be answered fully and finally in the triumph of Christ.

    Note Rev. 5: 7 -10; 6: 9 – 11; and 8: 3 – 5.

    The prayer “thy kingdom come on earth as it is in Heaven” prayed by saints over the centuries in many forms have yet to be answered, but God has stored those up to be burned as incense before His throne in the culmination of this age. Their prayers were not in vain and neither are ours. Many of the answers to our prayers must wait until our sovereign Lord’s perfect timing. This reality should encourage us.

    • Thanks for nuancing the thought of “longed for” prayer in a good way. Such biblical encouragement is meant to encourage us to be “never ceasing” in prayer.

  2. The point of patience, perseverance and prayer towards the stated goal/s is important. We often want things (good things) to happen very quickly whether it be people coming to Christ, the development of mature believers, or solid churches. However from a quick glance of history and the bible it is clear God works differently than us. People are called to move forward doing their part in history until God brings to fruition what He said He would do as in the case of Genesis 3 and the coming Messiah. What we “long for” is the coming kingdom of God; let us keep praying and working towards that end. It will happen.

    • It’s the both/and that is hard for us to get our head around. We need to be perseverant and not expect quick answers, but we also need to be ready to truly rejoice when a “longed for” prayer sees its fulfillment — like Simeon.

  3. I had watched the video before and cried then. Again it made me sob with tears of joy. However the old woman caught the vision to pass it on to the next generation and I must constantly be praying and longing to see all those coming after us to not only recieve the Word and embrace it but live it out. We must pray daily for them to hunger and thirst after righteousness.

    • Thanks for pointing out the multiplicational application to this video and to our prayers. How true it is that we need to be thinking, praying and working to see those who follow us to live out the Gospel in their lives as well.

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