It seems many people believe that prayer is a last resort. “All we can do is pray,” someone says hopelessly when catastrophic news hits. Prayer shouldn’t be the last resort, but it should be the first thing we to do. Prayer is not just for times of crisis, prayer is an everyday experience. As we pray and see answers come in small ways, we will have more confidence in prayer and in the God who answers prayer when those tough times come.
As we reach out to God, he reaches out to us as he promised us in Psalms 145:18 “The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth.” and again in Jeremiah 29: 13-14a “And you will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart, I will be found by you...” He won’t hide from us. Gladly he wants to reach out and help us in every moment of every day.
As we begin to develop our time with him, we find that His Word becomes more understandable, and His voice becomes more easily recognized everywhere. You can hear His voice in secular music as well as Christian, you can hear His voice as you watch a sunrise, or see the full moon illuminating the world around you. You know He’s speaking His love and encouragement everywhere in your world.
If you are searching for answers, if you need strength because you are weak, call upon the Lord and watch and see what He will do for you. You might not be able to see it right now, but the Lord loves you more than you can ever imagining anyone loves you. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done, there is nothing that will keep you from Jesus if you truly seek Him; and He knows your heart. There’s nothing so bad that the Lord will reject you. On the flip side of that, there’s nothing you can do that’s good enough to make you acceptable to God. The only way to find acceptance with God is to ask Jesus to be your best Friend. He is now, whether you realize it or not.
Then begin to pray and truly seek the Lord. There’s no pretending with God, He knows when we try to fake it.
Ask the Lord to show you the truth. He promises that when we truly seek Him we will find Him when we search for Him with all our hearts.
If you exhale prayer and you’ll inhale heaven.