We had a day of fasting and prayer today at L’Abri. For two hours we prepared together from the Word of God, and looked back with thanksgiving over things God has done in our midst. Then for five or six hours each of us went off into woods or fields, by streams or on rocks, in a sheltered place by a fire or wrapped in a blanket on a balcony, to be alone for communication with God.

As people returned from various parts of the hillside and village to gather in the chalet chapel, an overheard remark expressed what the world would think of such a procedure: “It blows my mind the way you people think that praying all day is going to cause something to happen that wouldn’t have happened otherwise.” “He that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (Heb. 11:6). Who is this God, the true and living God of the Bible? Who is he to whom we pray?

“For thus saith the LORD, that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else. I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth: I said not unto the seed of Jacob, Seek ye me in vain: I the LORD speak righteousness, I declare things that are right” (Isa. 45:18, 19). The living God to whom we come created the universe, created the earth to be inhabited, created the people to inhabit it. “I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded” (Isa. 45:12). “Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth ...

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