Praying for you this morning was an exciting privilege. Prayer is powerful and essential! It is God's plan whereby we ask, He answers, we seek, and He is found, and we knock and the door is opened. It is the process between the need or desire, the promises in His Word received and the fulfillment of His will.
Today's "lifewords" center around one very simple choice that every believer can make that will please our Father greatly. Daily, we can learn tocall upon the Lord, out loud, and He will hear and answer! Calling upon Him, crying to Him, lifting our voice to Himis the necessary condition to His hearing us.
We must move beyond hoping. Hope waits for God to do something.But I think He is often waiting for us to do what He has already instructed us to do! True faith moves us to Call upon Him. He will hear, He will respond. He will never refuse the cry of His child. Here are just a few of the many scriptures involving lifting our voice to God.I know they will encourage you to new levels of Calling upon His Name in faith!
First Psalm 145:18 "The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth." When we call, in sincerity with a pure heart, He is near. And if He is near, all is well.
Second, it's interesting that finding wisdom and understanding is preceded by our CALLING out! Proverbs 2:3 'Yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seekfor it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God."
Third, in our distress, the Lord has given us instructions of what to do....Call upon Him! Psalm 18:6 "In my distress I called upon the Lord; to my God I cried for help.From his temple He heard my voice, and my cry to Himreached His ears." Practice praying continually instead of being overwhelmed. Remember Philippians 4:6? "do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God."
When we feel like circumstances are pressing on every side, we can call upon Him and He will answer. Just like a good earthly parent, He will never refuse His child's cry for help. Psalms 3:3-4 "But you, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and lifter of my head.I cried aloud to the Lord, and He answered me from His holy hill." We can be sure He hears our cry!
Psalms 4:3 says, "But know that the Lord has set apart the godly for himself, the Lord hears when I call to Him." And because of His heart of love for us and His faithfulness to His Word, when He hears us, He responds. So Call! And infuse your calling with sincerity, truth and much thanksgiving!