walk in the word
Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known. Jeremiah 33:3
My grandmother used to sing a song all the time that speaks to an urgent issue you and I have today. The song goes, “Oh, what peace we often forfeit. Oh, what needless pain we bear. All because we do not carry every thing to God in prayer.”
It’s true. We’re talking about prayer this week on the broadcast in the series, Straight Up: Engaging in Ministry God Energizes. Can I ask you this—Are you carrying something right now that you should have offloaded to God a long time ago? “Call unto me,” God says in Jeremiah 33:3, “I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.” God says, don’t wait outside, come on in. Now, what is it that you need? Speak up; just ask!
That fearless fervency in prayer doesn’t come easily to many people. The vast majority of the followers of Christ have never risked such raw honesty. People are afraid somehow that they’ll offend God, or that He’ll see them the way they really are (as if).
Please hear me; God can handle your anger. Read the Psalms. David said some really shocking things to God and God didn’t walk away. Step up in faith and say, “I don’t get this,” and “Why are You letting this happen?” and “I need to have Your heart in this.” Without honesty, prayer is just talking to yourself.
God can handle your fears. What if He doesn’t come through for me?What if His answer is something I can’t handle? Good questions—I think you should go talk to Him about that. Remember—He asks you to come.
God can handle your doubts, too. Do you have a big question mark about God’s love for you? Does He even care what happens to me?Does He see me over here? Open your heart, again honestly, before Him. He promises to show you “great and hidden things that you have not known.”
If you find yourself in a crisis where you can’t reconcile what you’re seeing with a faithful God, call on Him now! Anger will only eat away at your confidence in God; as will doubt and fear. Fervent fearless prayer is the weapon that will defeat these enemies. Don’t forfeit God’s peace or carry any more needless pain. Call on Him in private, honest, fervent prayer. Kneel down and do it now, you’ll see!
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