In last Sunday’s message, I shared the story of the Lord talking to Jeremiah while he was walking through one of his favourite places – an almond grove in full blossom (Jeremiah 1:11-12). The Lord asked Jeremiah what he could see when there was nothing to see but almond trees. He replied, “I see an almond branch” (Hebrew shaqed). The Lord responded, “You have seen correctly, for I am watching Hebrew shoqed) to see that my word is fulfilled.”
With just a slight inflection of the word, the Lord spoke to Jeremiah in the certain place where he went to pray and used an everyday circumstance to speak to him. The almond is the first of the trees to come to blossom at the start of spring. It is as if the almond watches over the start of the new season in the same way the Lord watches over the new things his word creates amongst his people. I guess it raises the question of whether or not we can sense there is a new season at hand which God is watching over.
The notion of the certain place was also true of Jesus’ prayer life as well (Luke 11:1-13). His disciples watched him return from his time of prayer and asked him to teach them how to pray. Jesus used the opportunity to teach them but he also stressed the expectation they should have when they prayed – the confidence that their Father in heaven would hear and answer, especially when they were asking for selfless gifts of the Spirit.
These stories should serve as encouragements to us that we should also try to find our certain place where we can go and pray. And pray with the expectation that the Lord will speak to us through the ordinary things of life which we will find there.
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