Alfred Lord Tennyson once said, “More things are wrought by prayer than this world dares to dream of.” So, the question I must ask you today is this: When you find yourself in need, where do you turn?
Oh, what a word of encouragement I have for you today!
Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know. (Jeremiah 33:3)
Here the prophet Jeremiah, who had cried to the Lord on behalf of God’s people, is directed to call on the Lord—who would bring restoration to His people in His perfect time. Here too, we find the Creator of the universe providing us with an “inspired invitation” to ask Him to meet us in our deepest place of need.
Sadly, far too many call on the Lord as a last resort, not as a first priority. Whether due to unbelief or feelings of unworthiness, we have a tendency to call on everything else except God.
But this is not for you! The key to developing confident assurance in prayer is the Lord’s word to Jeremiah: “I will answer you.” Not only are we invited to call on the Lord, but we are given this great, unfathomable promise that He will answer us. Our God not only hears our prayers, He responds also responds to them!
Do we always get the answer we want? No, as I have often discussed here, there are times when God says NO to the things we ask for; at other times, God tells us to WAIT. But we are never without an answer, because God has promised to give us one, and if we have placed our trust in Jesus Christ, that answer is always the one that is best for us!
This promise of God should empower us to pray more frequently and more fervently, knowing that our prayer does not fall on deaf or indifferent ears. Heaven is never silent. Our God is working all things for our good, and that includes all of those things that you and I perceive to be “bad.”
To call on God is to trust in God. It does not matter how helpless you might feel or how hopeless the situation might seem, God is standing at the ready to hear and respond to your cry. Just as those who lived in the Old Testament days, we can trust that our Lord will hear our cries to Him.
I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. (Zechariah 12:10)
There is no need our God cannot meet . . . no obstacle our God cannot overcome . . . no problem our God cannot solve. Omnipotence is always available for the people of God. We need only call on Him, believing that the answer is already on the way.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!