Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known. Jeremiah 33:3
The Most High is a God that hears prayer. Though he is infinitely above all, and stands in no need of creatures, yet he is graciously pleased to take a merciful notice of such poor worms of the dust. He presents himself as one sitting on a mercy-seat, that men may come to him in prayer. In our need he allows us to come and ask him, and he is ready to hear our prayers. God has given many promises to hear our prayers; the Scripture is full of such examples. He manifests himself to be a God that hears prayer. What is meant by God’s hearing our prayers? Two things are implied. (1.) He accepts the supplications of those who pray to him. He is pleased with them. He accepts the honour we do him by our praying. (2.) He reveals himself to us by special discoveries of his mercy and sufficiency. While we are praying he gives us sweet views of his glorious grace and sovereignty. E enables us to rest in him and leave our prayers with him, submitting to his will, and trusting in his grace and faithfulness. Hannah came and poured out her soul before God, and he quieted her mind, and took away her sadness (1 Sam. 1). This seems to have been from refreshing discoveries which God made of himself to her, to enable her quietly to submit to his will, and trust in his mercy. Do not conclude that the particular thing for which you prayed will certainly be given in answer to your prayers. Yet, God may doubtless does testify of his acceptance of our prayers, and thus we may confidently rest in his providence and in his merciful ordering and disposing with respect to the thing we have asked for. God manifests his acceptance of our prayers by doing for us that which is agreeable to our needs and our supplications.
Many young parents today are beside themselves with anxieties about their children, and, sadly, confusion too about how to nurture them. The ongoing addiction of our times to the heresy of modernity and its proud rejection and ignorance of the tested and tried wisdom of the past, inevitably leads to dysfunction in home and family life. Sadly, the older, wiser counsel of God’s Word, and especially of the book of Proverbs, is unknown or neglected. Yet Proverbs was composed specifically as a manual for home and family instruction, and to prepare us for life in the world. It is a divinely given handbook to help parents.
Proverbs and Ken Wingate following them shows us the way to possess the jewel of all jewels in a well-adorned life: wisdom that is rooted in the knowledge of, and reverential love for, God. Here is true wisdom that will prove to be worth its weight in gold in every age and culture. Ken Wingate now brings it into our needy culture, and I for one am grateful to him for sharing his gift as a father with other fathers and mothers, and sons and daughters too.
Here then is a book for parents to read on their own; for teenagers to read on their own; for parents and teenagers, who are willing to take the family challenge, to read round the table after dinner or on other occasions. It points us to Gods way. It promises us God’s grace. What could be better for us than that?