But there's a change going on in me. I was encouraged recently when I noticed that the same verse that says, "now is the day of salvation" has something else to say about the "now" that we're living in. It says, "'In a favourable time I listened to you, and in the day of salvation I have helped you.' Behold, now is the favourable time; behold, now is the day of salvation" (2 Corinthians 6:2). The initial quote in that verse is an ancient prophecy from Isaiah, and Paul is explaining to his post-Calvary readers: Behold, now is that time -- the favourable time in which I listen to and help my people -- when I will hear your cries and answer them! Those who ask will receive, those who seek will find, and those who knock will find that the door opens for you (see Matthew 7:7-8)!
Second Corinthians 6:2 is a verse that's typically quoted in the context of evangelism. And yes, this verse does speak about getting saved. But it's also a verse about being saved. Yes, it's about now being the time to get saved by Jesus, but it's also about living in the great favour of the God who saved us! It's about the God who listens to all those who cry out to Him in dependence on Him -- why? -- because His wrath has been spent on the cross so that His favour is now available to all who put their trust in what Jesus did on the cross!
In other words, the "favourable time" in which God listens to our prayers is now -- and is everyday -- for anyone who puts their trust in the crucified and risen Jesus! And that means that everyday as a child of God is a favourable time -- a now-time -- to draw near to God, to know God better, to enjoy His love, to receive grace and help in time of need (Hebrews 4:16)! And that is why I'm feeling encouraged to get more bold in the prayers I pray these days.
© 2010 by Ken Peters