A friend is someone we look forward to meet and hang out with. How would you feel if your best friend refuses to converse with you or avoids talking you? Can you imagine the hurt it’ll cause you? How often we do that to God? He has laid down His life to have a relationship with you and me. How often we totally ignore Him through the day, through the week. We go to Him only when need arises. The TV, the texting and the Facebook takes away the precious moments that we can spend with Him. If this be the case, how can you expect to spend eternity with Him, to be in sweet communion with Him forever and ever?
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? Psalm 42:2
Like the Psalmist, is our soul thirsting for the living God?
Elizabeth Elliot says in her book Discipline-The Glad Surrender: “Time management, a highly developed science today, begins for the Christian with time set aside for God. Other things cannot fall into a peaceful order if this is omitted.
No matter how busy your life is right now, there’s no reason God has to take a backseat. There are 24 hours in a day. Surely there are things you can score out of your schedule to make time for God. If you say, you are too busy for God, there’s something wrong. Try spending a few minutes with God each day. You will be truly strengthened and rejuvenated.
Jesus said, “Come to Me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
We need to develop a heart after the Lord: seeking Him and drawing near to Him. Psalm 73:28 says, “But it is good for me to draw near to God.”
Have you ever heard parents say: ‘My children are getting closer to me as they are getting older’, but the truth is that they have lived with their parents all their lives? It is like this with us – we live with the Lord all our lives, doing things for Him but without ever knowing Him intimately. Today, ask the Lord to give you a heart that will seek Him and draw closer to Him. He wants to show Himself to us but we need to make ourselves available by seeking Him.
God never abandons His children. In times of danger and distress, He spreads His wings of protection and comfort over us. Under the shadow of His wings, we don’t need to fear the difficult circumstances of life. Storms may rage around us, but we are safe under the canopy of His constant care. The psalmist assures us, “He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge.” (Psalm 91:4)
If you are going through painful times, take refuge under His wings. Take comfort in the fact that God’s protection is spread over you. Nothing can touch your life without His permission. Nothing can threaten when He is your Protector.
Prayer in the life of a believer is our lifeline to God. It’s such a powerful tool because it can be done anytime, anywhere, on any occasion, and for any reason! As Christians, we pray because we know that God attentively listens to us, and is faithful to answer us. We pray to our creator because He alone can turn our mourning into dancing, our brokenness into wholeness, and our bondage into freedom.
Today, if you have prayed about something, believe that our Father has taken note of it and He will answer us more than we can ask or think. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24
He will call on me, and I will answer him. Psalm 91:15
It seems so obvious to us that our prayers should be answered. They are things we long for and about which we are burdened. Surely they are good things and would bring glory to God. Why doesn’t God answer? Such questions put faith and patience to the test especially when we reach the point of desperation. You may think that God has forgotten you or angry with you.
May be, He has answered your prayer and it is “no” or may be it is wait, which means His time hasn’t yet come. And when it does, it brings great glory to His Name. If the answer is “no” He may give you something better. Trust the Lord with all your prayers. He is listening to you; He knows what’s best for you.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6
If the future feels uncertain right now, remember this: God is already in all of our tomorrows. He knows our way, and He has a plan. And we can be assured it’s always the best one for us.
God never asks us to figure it all out on our own. He just asks us to trust Him, and He promises to make our pathways straight. No matter how we feel or what our current situation may be, we can be confident that God’s Presence will go before us, paving out pathways, guiding and guarding our steps.
Prayer sets the direction for the day and lines up the day with God’s interests, God’s will and God’s purposes. Consider the verse in
Psalms 88:13 But to You I have cried out, O LORD, And in the morning my prayer comes before You. Morning time is the best time to get started with God.
It is also the time to connect with God. Before the day gets going, the worries come, stresses come, the emails come, the phone calls come and then the other 1000 things that fill a day. Take time in the morning to connect and contact God the source of our life and our strength. He is the one to help us through.
The LORD has heard my cry for mercy; the LORD accepts my prayer. Psalm 6:9
I waited patiently for the LORD; He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. Psalm 40:1-2
Are you tired of waiting? Maybe, nothing seems to be happening. Maybe, you feel God is not hearing your cry for help. But your cry has reached the Lord your God. Wait for Him to intervene with His divine wisdom, knowledge and understanding. His answer or guidance is going to be the best.
‘Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.’
– The Lord longs to be gracious and kind to each one of us.
– He waits for us, like the prodigal son’s father did.
– When we draw close to Him, He draws close to us.
– Come close to God, He longs for us.
PRAYER: Lord, thank You for this great promise. I choose to draw near to You. I desire to know more of You, I need you in my daily life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.