From “God, Are You There?” to “God, Do You Care?”

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Both my study of the Scriptures and my experience as a pastor have fully convinced me of this truth: When heaven seems silent, God is still there and He still cares! As I’ve said here before, we must remember that God always answers our prayers with one of the following:

YES

NO

WAIT

Our God has encouraged us to come to Him at all times with all our requests:

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who k nocks, the door will be opened. (Matthew 7:7-8)

We all find ourselves in difficult seasons of life. From finances to family . . . wellness to work . . . relationships to retirement. When the storm winds of life begin to blow, we drop to our knees and go to the throne of grace. Why do this? Because not only have we been invited to do so, we have been commanded to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Like any good father, God wants us to come to Him with everything . . . including the many challenges of daily living.

But there are those times when it seems like heaven is silent, and our hearts’ cry changes from “God, are you there?” to “God, do you still care?”

But this is not for you! Sadly, many Christians have expanded the textbook definition of insanity—doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result—to include their time before the throne of grace. We pray a few times and do not perceive any answer . . . so we stop praying. We reason, “I prayed about that last week and this week and nothing happened, so what’s the point in praying more?”

This is a mistake of gargantuan proportions! In Luke 18, Jesus told His disciples the Parable of the Persistent Widow for the express purpose “that men always ought to pray and not lose heart” (Luke 18:1 NKJV). God has given us clear instruction to seek Him in all things . . . and to keep seeking Him. We are to ask . . . and keep on asking. We are to knock . . . and keep on knocking. And on those occasions when we do this and receive no answer, it is not “insanity” to keep doing it. It is faith—faith in the One who has promised and proved to be faithful.

So . . . not knowing where this finds you today, let me ask you: Is there anything keeping you from continuing to ask, seek, and knock? God is there for you and God most definitely does care for you. You have His Word on it! He cares for every aspect of your life on this side of the grave and throughout all eternity. If God knows the number of hairs on your head—and He does—He knows exactly what you need right now and He is giving it to you. It may not look they way you want it to look, but you can be sure, God is giving you exactly what you need. Remember, God has promised to meet all of your needs . . . not all of your wants.

“Do not be anxious about anything,” we are told in Philippians 4:6, “but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” God’s command is quite clear: do not be anxious about anything; pray about everything. And the promised reward is just as unambiguous: “The peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:8).

So keep on asking. Keep on seeking. Keep on knocking! Everyone who faithfully persists in prayer will eventually find the open door, the door God has opened in His perfect timing and according to His perfect plan for your life. May this truth encourage you today and every day you spend walking with the Lord in the land of the living.

This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!

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