If you read my devotion today, When God Comes Near, you may be wondering where Pastor Walter got his strength. He asked God for it. The fastest way to cause God to come near to you is to draw near to Him. How—by telling God your needs. It sounds simple, but how many times do we really ask God for specific help like Walter did? Maybe we think He’s too busy to bother. Nothing is further from the truth. God is not distant, too busy, or absorbed by other challenges to hear our petitions. He is aware of our concerns and has given us His promised Presence to see us through.
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble” (Ps 46:1). I love that verse. It says God is my helper! He’s yours too! So go ahead and ask God for His provision. Ask for comfort, wisdom, guidance, and strength.
Without God’s help, we tend to grow hopeless in our situations. But those who abound in hope are those who understand the power of prayer. We can petition God anytime, anywhere, and any place sharing our sorrows and joys alike. “Answer me when I call to you, O my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; be merciful to me and hear my prayer” (Ps 4:1).
Praying through the pain is a practical step toward maintaining our hope. No matter what we face, we should never stop praying. Jesus prayed frequently and alone avoiding distractions. This can be difficult in today’s busy world. Although, picking a quiet place to meet with God on a regular basis helps to stay committed and minimize disturbances. Prayer helps sooth our anxieties and lift our spirits.
On the other hand, those who are overcome with hopelessness often feel bound by circumstances beyond their control but talking with God has no boundaries. Even when the words won’t come, the Spirit of God understands and interprets our groans. He fills our hearts with hope and enables us to experience peace and joy in the midst of suffering.
I’ve often made this verse my prayer: “May the God of hope fill [me] with all joy and peace as [ I ] trust in him, so that [ I ] may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13).
After we tell God our needs, the next step is to watch and see how God responds. Many times we feel as if our requests go unheard and our needs unmet because we miss God’s response to our prayers. After we ask God for help, we should watch to see what happens next. Many times God shows up in the practical things of life—help from a friend, a reimbursed check in the mail, or a job offer from an unexpected source.
I don’t always know how God will meet my needs, but I do know that He will always deliver on His promise of hope to those who trust and seek His provision. He is there to guide our decisions and offer us comfort and security even in the most chaotic circumstances.
Whatever your concern may be, whatever your pain, take some time today and tell God about it. In fact, I’d like to challenge you to make the verse above, Romans 15:13, your prayer today. To encourage others, as well as yourself, leave a comment saying…I talked with God today. If you like, add how that made you feel.