Paul’s Unspoken Guide for Prayer (Continued)
And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, 'Ananias.' And he said, 'Behold, I am here, Lord.' And the Lord said unto him, 'Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth, and hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight.'"
Next, Paul’s example of prayer gives us a gentle tug of warning that there will be no nonsense and an all or nothing attitude is required as our desire surrenders wholly to the will of the Lord. The old has to give way to the new. By Christ all things consist, and Paul personalized this later in when he boldly affirmed, "It’s not I but Christ who liveth in me." The Desire of the nations stands up within us in power and demonstration of the Spirit and all gives way because Shiloh has come! The One Whose right it is has laid claim to that for which He paid a great price.
The boldness that accompanied his prayer showed that he had grasped the realm of the spirit and held on. Although blinded naturally, through prayer he saw his sight being restored. Once the object of prayer is seen, the expectation begins in earnest. There is no thought of giving up. The vision was too plain, too real not to manifest. Hence, heaven put Ananias on notice and dispatched him to an address on Straight Street.