Psalm 61:1 Calling On God

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Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer. Psalm 61:1 

Being heard is something that most people desire of others. When someone has something to say, he wants others to hear what it is he has to say. What is being said can change from time to time. One time it is information, while the next time it is a request.

Regardless of what the person has to say, he wants to be heard.

However, in order for a person to be heard, he must speak up. He must let his voice and desires be made known, so that others can hear it. If he does not speak up, no one will know what he has to say.

The method of speaking up can be one of many different ways. It can be in person, on a phone, video chat, social media, written words, or one of many other ways.

David wants to be heard from God. He had been dealing with some troubling times and so he cried out to God. David spoke to God through prayer to tell God something.

Prayer is just calling on God, talking to God. Unlike trying to talk to someone on this earth, God is always available and can always hear a person speak. There is no waiting time for God to get the message, it is always instant.

There are many believers who wish or hope that God would do something in a situation, but don’t take the time to talk to God about it. They do not call out to God.

Some do not believe that God hears them or even will acknowledge them. They feel as if they are a nobody or their situation is not ‘important’ enough for God to take the time to listen.

God is always waiting to hear from His children. All one has to do is talk–pray.

Every time that you take a moment to talk with God, He is listening. This is prayer. It does not have to be something complex or long, but can be very short and simple. God will hear your prayer.

However, in order for Him to hear you, you must talk to Him. Call out to Him with everything on your heart. This can be in times of rejoicing or in times of need. God wants to hear it all.

Take time to talk to God today. Let Him know what is on your heart and mind. He is listening.

I pray today that you will talk to God daily; that you will know God hears you; that you will know God loves you; that you will not fear bringing any thought to God; and that you will go to God first in every situation. 

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Job 3:11 Wanting To Die

Suffering pain

“Why did I not perish at birth, and die as I came from the womb? Job 3:11 

Suffering pain and trouble is one thing that most people do not want to have to go through. People will go to great lengths to avoid any type of pain or suffering. Billions of dollars every year are spent on medicines to alleviate pain caused by sickness, injury or just natural parts of life.

There are many who, when things go bad and they are suffering greatly, curse the day they were born. They wish that they had never been born. It is common for many to begin to think about suicide is the way out. Some will go through with it. All they can see is suffering and pain with no hope of anything different.

With all of his loss, Job began to feel that way. He began to curse the day he was born. He began to question why he was born, just to go through tremendous suffering and pain.

Although Job never blames or curses God, he begins to share his heart with God. Questioning why things were happening as they were.

Times have not changed since Job. People still go through great suffering. Not just people in this world who don’t believe in God, but believers will also go through times of pain and suffering and loss. Homes will be lost, lives will be lost, health will be lost, and more will be lost.

Believers will have questions about what is going on and why. But they should never curse God or give up on God. There is still hope.

You will have times of great trouble, pain and suffering. The amount you must go through and what you will go through will be different each time, and often different than what others are going through, but it will still be difficult.

As you are going through a trial in this life, remember that God is still with you, loves you and will never leave you. God is also still in control of everything that is happening in your life and there is a purpose for it.

Do not give up on God or life. There will come an end to the suffering and pain.

God brought you into this world for a purpose, to have fellowship with Him and be His witness to this world. This can be done through the good and bad times. Hold on to God for strength and comfort in your suffering.

I pray today that you will know God’s presence in your life; that you will trust God’s control; that you will lean on God for strength; that you will know God’s love for you; and that God will give you strength through the suffering. 

Jonah 2:1-2 God Hears You Where You Are

From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the LORD his God. He said: “In my distress I called to the LORD, and he answered me. From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help.” Jonah 2:1-2

Jonah had tried to run from the call of God by jumping on ship and going a different direction. Using an extremely violent storm, God got his attention. After being thrown overboard, God had a large fish swallow him up. While in the fish Jonah cried out to God and God heard him.

Jonah describes the place he was in, the fish, as a realm of the dead. Inside a fish is the place for dead things. The fish has eaten and the body is digesting the food for its own nourishment. As far as Jonah was concerned he was good as dead, yet he cried out to God for help.

Some people have walked away from God, choosing to live a life of the ways of this world. They reject going to church or anything to do with God. As they are running from God, it may appear as though God does not know where they are or what they are doing. God still does know exactly where they are. One must remember that God is everywhere. No one can run so far as to get completely out of God’s sight.

Many people have turned back to God when they were on their deathbed or in the lowest pits of their life. God has always accepted them back.

There are times in your own life where you may have chosen to walk away from God. You may even be there right now. Whether you realize it or not, God is still pursuing you. He loves you with an undying love. The moment you cry out to Him, He will be right there with you.

No matter how much you have run from God, He will always accept you back as soon as you call out to Him. Just as Jonah cried out when in trouble, you can cry out to God when in trouble. This can be trouble others brought on, or trouble you brought on from running from God. Return to God and give your life to Him. Trust that He loves you enough to take you back.

I pray today that you will know the love of God in your life; that you will live your life for God; that you will  not run from God; and that you will always know that God hears your prayers.

Ezekiel 11:13 Weeping For Others

Now as I was prophesying, Pelatiah son of Benaiah died. Then I fell facedown and cried out in a loud voice, “Alas, Sovereign LORD! Will you completely destroy the remnant of Israel?” Ezekiel 11:13

God was giving Ezekiel visions of what was coming to the nation of Israel. There was going to be judgment upon the people for the sins that they had committed against God. As he was seeing these visions, some started dying. Ezekiel then saw that the nation would go through extreme punishment and he wondered if God would completely destroy everyone. He cries out to God for mercy upon the people.

There are times when one can look at some of the destruction that is occurring in the world because of sin. People are being killed on a regular basis. Families are being pulled apart. Nations are being split up. The destruction is real.

In the middle of watching all of the world going through destruction, one can also see the destruction of churches. There are people in churches that are being destroyed by sin. This is not just persecution, but destruction because of personal sins in their lives.

Various churches are following the ways of the world and claiming to know God. In the process of doing this, they are bringing down people who want to know God and serve God. There are many who are in these churches that are striving hard to live for God, but are feeling the punishment upon the church because of the sins of others.

Many in the church see these things and just state that they had it coming because of sin. There is no sorrow for what is happening, only judgment.

Ezekiel cried out to God for those few who still believed in God and served Him. Rather than call down judgment upon the people, you must cry out as Ezekiel did for God’s mercy. Pray that God will spare the remnant who are striving to serve Him from the judgment against others.

As a believer, you must be a part of the remnant who will serve God with all of their hearts. Seek to know and understand God’s heart for His people. Call upon God to preserve the remnant and not destroy everyone. As you do this, be the light to others as to how God wants all to live.

I pray today that the remnant of God’s people will be spared of destruction; that all those who claim to believe in Jesus will live for Him; that you will have the heart of God for others; and that you will be a shining light of Jesus to those who are mislead. 

 

Isaiah 30:19 God Is Quick To Hear And Answer

People of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. How gracious he will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears, he will answer you. Isaiah 30:19

Just before this verse, Isaiah spoke of the destruction of Jerusalem. It would be so terrible that he states that one enemy would make a thousand flee, and just five enemy would make them all flee. The would happen because of the terror that they would feel. All of the destruction would occur because of the sin of turning away from God, rejecting God.

The great thing is that as soon as they would call out to God, He would hear them and answer them. Despite how angry God was with their sin, He was even more gracious and willing to forgive when they cried out to Him.

Many believers have made choices in their life that have pulled them away from God. God has chosen to life His hand of blessing from their lives because of continued sin in their lives.

Most believers are not unaware of what is occurring. They realize that they have strayed from God’s plans for their life and are paying a price for it. They feel as if they can make it without God’s direct guidance and help. That works until God’s hand of favor is lifted and things continue to go wrong.

Many will feel that because of their sin, they can no longer cry out to God. They feel He will no longer hear them because they have strayed so far from Him. You may be one of those in that position right now. You feel as if you cannot call out to God any more, that God will no longer listen to you.

Yet, as soon as you cry out to God, He will hear you. God is perfect love and is very gracious and always willing to forgive.

It is up to you to turn back to Him and seek forgiveness. God cannot extend His forgiveness and favor, unless you call out to Him. He will not force anything on you, you must want it.

Turn back to God today and cry out to Him. Seek His forgiveness in anything you may have done wrong. Then know His great love and mercy that He has for you. He is waiting and listening for you today.

I pray today that you will always seek God in your life; that you will turn from all sin to God; that you will continually cry out to God for help; and that you will know God’s love and forgiveness.

Psalm 142:1-2 Where To Bring Complaints

I cry aloud to the LORD; I lift up my voice to the LORD for mercy. I pour out before him my complaint; before him I tell my trouble. Psalm 142:1-2

People like to complain about many different things. They complain about their work, their health, their spouses, their children, their co-workers, the weather, and the list goes on. Some people love to complain so much that it appears as if they are unhappy with everything in life.

Complaining constantly often will drive friends away. People do not like to hear about other people’s complaints. They only want to hear the good news.

Life does have its challenges and problems. It is not that one life is better or worse than another, but all have separate challenges.

David was going through an extremely difficult time. He had done nothing wrong and Saul was chasing him to kill him. He was being hunted like a criminal. At the time he wrote this psalm he was in a cave hiding from Saul. Instead of crying out to people about his problems, he brought them before God.

Think about his problem: he had been told by God that he would be the next king of Israel, and now the current king was seeking to kill him. Many people would be calling attorneys to fight for their right to be the king. They would complain to their friends about their vision and problem. Yet, he did none of this. David called out to God.

God is there to hear every complaint that you may have. He will listen with a patient ear. After hearing of your complaint, if you allow Him too, He will also give you His Holy Spirit to comfort you and guide you on the journey you are on.

Jesus had promised that you would have troubles in this life, but He also promised that He would be with you through them.

Instead of complaining to people in this world, who really cannot do anything for you, talk to God. Let Him know your feelings and thoughts. Then trust His Spirit in guiding you and giving you strength to continue forward in life.

In the end, David did become king. In the end, if you do not give up, you will win the battle in this life.

Who are you complaining to?

Who are you trusting in?

I pray today that you will bring all your cares to God; that you will not be known as a complainer; that you will speak words of hope and trust in God; and that God will strengthen and guide you in the troubles you are going through.

Psalm 22:1-2 Feeling Alone

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish? My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, but I find no rest. Psalm 22:1-2

David had been crying out to God for deliverance from all of his enemies. As he cried out, he felt as though God was silent and would not answer him. The feeling was to the level of feeling like God had abandoned him. Later in this psalm, David says he will still proclaim God’s righteousness and continue to trust in Him. These are the same words that Jesus proclaimed several thousand years later as He was dying on the cross.

As people go throughout their life, there are times when they feel as though they are completely on their own, and that no one else cares. This often occurs while they are surrounded by a lot of people. There does not seem to be a connection with anyone. Many will commit suicide because they feel so alone and helpless.

Believers can feel the same way at times. They may be going through an extremely difficult time and are crying out to God day and night, with no answer. God is silent and does not appear to care.

It is not that God does not care, but that it is not time for Him to act or speak. God is still in control of everything that is happening. You must continue to trust that God knows what He is doing. Trust that God is righteous and will do nothing wrong.

Instead of focusing on the problems you are facing and that God is not answering them, focus on how good God is. Focus on telling others what Jesus has done for you and can do for them. Focus back on what God has done in the past.

As you do these things, you will be trusting God and giving God the glory and praise. Complaining will not do anything, trust will allow everything.

Even though you may feel alone, Jesus will never leave or forsake you. He is still right by your side at all times, even in your darkest hours of life.

I pray today that you will know the presence of God in your life; that you will trust God when you can’t feel Him; that God will fill you with His peace; and that you will proclaim God’s goodness to everyone.