Call On The Lord
Date: October 31st, 2018
Read: Jeremiah 33:1-3
The Creator of the universe invites us to call on Him and He will answer us.
When God spoke these words to Jeremiah he was accused of treason and placed in prison (Jer. 32). Jeremiah had been praying and yet God came to him and said: “Call to Me”. The Bible teaches us the value of persistence in prayer (Luke 18:1-8). Many times we give up and lose faith in God when our prayers aren’t answered immediately. We pray, nothing happens and we say: ‘I guess God doesn’t want to do it.’ God may require persistence in prayer to create a consistency and demonstrate earnestness on our part. We should persist in prayer until God answers us and remember that the answer may be different from our expectations.
God can answer our prayers in a number of ways: (1) If the request is wrong, God will say, “No.” (2) If the timing is wrong, God will say, “Wait” God has reasons for His “Not yets”; we must not insist we know better than He. (3) If you are wrong, God will say, “Grow.” Relational discord will cut us off from close fellowship with God. When we disobey, God says, ‘Why should I honour your requests when you don’t honour Mine?” (4) When the timing is right, God will say, “Let’s go!”
When our requests are aligned with God’s will and timing, God is ready to change that circumstance and answer our prayers. Sometimes when we pray, things seem to get worse. Jeremiah was prophesying God’s word and was thrown in prison. It appeared God wasn’t paying attention but God said “Call to Me”.
Today God is saying, in the midst of your circumstance, ‘don’t give up. Don’t despair. Don’t quit! Call to Me and I will answer.’