20th September 2011

God Really Is For You

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”
Psalm 119:105 (NKJV)

Obliged to stay in yet another day for a delivery that was supposed to have been made three weeks ago, I decided to do some computer house-cleaning. In my in-tray of emails were almost 800 messages. The ‘sent’ box was even worse. We human beings are essentially communicators. We love to talk. Have you ever listened to a tape made of a gathering before the meaningful part of the evening begins? Conversation swings back and forth, sometimes without any apparent meaning or purpose. But still we communicate.

But then we come to prayer with our God. Ah, then we find communication difficult. What to say? What does God expect us to say? After all, the conversation as we see it is all one way—us towards God.

But God does speak to us. If you are going through a really rough patch: lost your job, enduring some lasting medical condition, financial problems—in short, you’re under continuing distress, here’s a suggestion just for you: Pray a little to God, beginning with praise and acknowledgement as to how great He is. (That’s not for His benefit, by the way, it’s for you.)

End with a request for counsel and advice. And then pick up your Bible and begin reading. Some like to just open at random, but this is almost superstition. No, most of us know our Bibles very well, and we can make an educated guess at where we should expect to find the help we seek; what we really need is help to see it as we read.

Read a while, then pray a while. A great leader of past times used to alternate between prayer and study until he was convinced that God had answered his request. He persisted in prayer as Luke 18:1 advises.

Go on, give it a go. What have you got to lose? You’ve probably tried everything else….

And that delivery? It never came. The van broke down this time.

Dear Father, you understand us so well. After all, you made us. And we want to get to know you better, put on the mind of Christ as scripture advises. But we need your help, and we seek your help. We ask for your especial help for those who suffer the agonies of persistent worry and distress. Father, help them as they seek your help. In Jesus’ name we pray.

Study by John Stettaford

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