Morning, November 3, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“For he is praying.” — Acts 9:11
Prayers are instantly noticed in heaven. The moment Saul began to pray the Lord heard him. Here is comfort for the distressed but praying person. Often a poor brokenhearted one bends his knee, but can only utter his wailing in the language of sighs and tears; yet that groan has made all the harps of heaven thrill with music; that tear has been caught by God and treasured in the vase of tears in heaven. “You put my tears into your bottle,” implies that they are caught as they flow. The petitioner, whose fears thwart his words, will be well understood by the Most High. He may only look up with misty eyes; but “prayer is the falling of a tear.” Tears are the diamonds of heaven; sighs are a part of the music of Jehovah’s court, and are numbered with “the sublimest strains that reach the majesty on high.” Do not think that your prayer, however weak or trembling, will be unheard. Jacob’s ladder is lofty, but our prayers shall lean upon the Angel of the covenant and so climb its starry rounds. Our God not only hears prayer but also loves to hear it. “He does not forget the cry of the humble.” True, He disregards high looks and lofty words; He cares not for the pomp and pageantry of kings; He does not listen to the swell of military music; He disregards the triumph and pride of man; but wherever there is a heart overflowing with sorrow, or a lip quivering with agony, or a deep groan, or a repentant sigh, the heart of Jehovah is open; He marks it down in the registry of His memory; He puts our prayers, like rose leaves, between the pages of His book of remembrance, and when the volume is opened at last, there shall be a precious fragrance springing up from there.
“Faith asks no signal from the skies,
To show that prayers accepted rise,
Our Priest is in His holy place,
And answers from the throne of grace.”