Remembering God's Works.
'I stand in awe of Your deeds...'
At The Wall of Answered Prayer we believe that God is alive and active today. He is working in all of our lives, intricately moulding us and our circumstances for His glory. A powerful verse of scripture that draws us in to remembering God’s works is found in Habakkuk 3:2:
Lord, I have heard of your fame;
I stand in awe of your deeds, Lord.
Repeat them in our day,
In our time make them known;
In wrath remember mercy.
We are gathering one million answered prayers – testimonies of God’s works in modern times, throughout history and in the Bible. These will then be linked to a national landmark made of one million bricks. This monument will declare the glory of Jesus to the UK and inspire generations of God’s goodness.
Our prayer is Habakkuk’s prayer; that as visitors encounter one million stories of what God has done before their faith will be ignited to see Him do it again. His awesome deeds will be known again in our lives.
Remembering in the Psalms
Throughout the Psalms there is a rich vein of verses calling us to remember what God has done. Whether in a place of celebration, a period of mourning, or a moment of fear, recalling His acts increases our faith and renews our hope in the Lord.
In Psalm 77 we read of the author’s despair and hopelessness. Yet he decides to alter his mind-set. Instead of focusing on his present troubles, he looks back to God’s deeds gone by:
‘I will remember the deeds of the Lord;
Yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.’ (Psalm 77:11)
By changing his focus, the author’s attitude turns from despair to awe at God’s past miracles. His faith is renewed and he is able to move on from his sorrow. We can shift our perspective from hopelessness to expectation as we remember all He has done and trust to see Him move again.
Psalm 105 shows that honouring God’s past actions is an important feature of our worship. This Psalm of praise urges us:
‘Remember the wonders he has done,
his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced’ (Psalm 105:5)
One way in which we can praise the Lord is by bringing to mind all that He has done for us. We recall His goodness and position ourselves in a posture of thankfulness and praise, turning aside from anxiety and apathy and declaring the goodness of God over our lives once again.
Again, we see the psalmist’s declaration that recalling God’s works is an expression of worship that leads us to deeper praise:
‘Come and see what God has done,
His awesome deeds for mankind!
He turned the sea into dry land,
They passed through the waters on foot –
Come, let us rejoice in Him.’ (Psalm 66:5-6)
Notice how the author calls us to not just remember what God has done in our lives, but in the lives of our ancestors and throughout history. It is important that we remember all that Jesus has done, whether through recalling personal testimony or celebrating the testimony of others. The importance of remembering all that God has done cannot be stressed enough. You can read more about the Power of Remembering here.
The Wall of Answered Prayer
The Wall of Answered Prayer will contain one million answered prayers, and an estimated 75,000 of these will come from throughout the UK's history. This will include answered prayers from St Augustine in the 6th century AD to the answered prayers of the millions who queued outside churches during WWII to pray for the boys in Dunkirk. We want visitors to see not only the miracles that God is doing today, but also the miracles that He has done throughout our nation’s history. By reading these answered prayers we hope that you will remember God’s works and be encouraged by the glory of God.
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