Good morning [subscriber:firstname | default:Beloved],
In my exhortation today, I would like to speak to you about a particular type of prayer. It is part of all kinds of prayers that the Bible urges us to address to God (Ephesians 6:18): it is the cry. I am not talking about the volume of the voice so that you shout at full throat to the point of disturbing your neighborhood.
The cry is that kind of prayer that comes out of your womb and that you address to the heavenly Father in the face of so-called impossible situations. The Word of God, in several passages, tells us how much attention God gives to the heartfelt cry we make to him when we face challenges that seem insurmountable to us. In my distress “I cried to the Lord, And He heard me”, says Psalm 120:1. “In my distress I cried to the LORD, And He heard me,” the Holy Scriptures point out in Psalms 18:6. And David to plead in Psalms 4:1: ”Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have relieved me in my distress; Have mercy on me, and hear my prayer’‘.
Yes, Beloved, in the face of the obstinate situations you are going through, seek the face of God and cry out to Him. Give Him your heartfelt cry for God hears the cries of His children and He answers them because He is faithful to His Word.
The Bible cites several people as examples who have cried out to God and been granted. It was a heartfelt cry that Anne gave to the Eternal Father when she was in search of a child. Mocked, mortified by her rival Penina, she went into the presence of God to cry out to Him. The Bible says: ”And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed to the Lord and wept in anguish”. God answered his prayer and Anna bore Samuel and several other children (1 Samuel 1:20; 2 Samuel 2:21).
The Scriptures still quote the case of Jehoshaphat: ”When the leaders of the chariots saw Jehoshaphat, they said, He is the king of Israel. And they surrounded him to attack him. Jehoshaphat cried out, and the Lord helped him, and God diverted them from him” (2 Chronicles 18:31)… And Jonah’s: “ I cried out to the LORD because of my affliction, And He answered me. Out of the belly of Sheol I cried, And You heard my voice” (Jonah 2:2).
The Lord Jesus also cried out to the Father so that He could rise from the dead. “…who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear,” Hebrews 5:7 tells us.
So, Beloved, may these different examples strengthen your faith. In the face of so-called impossible situations, cry to the Father, the God of the impossible and He will grant you.
While shouting to the Lord, many Christians look to potential people who can help them solve their problem. Do not look at men but look at God. Do not seek humanly solutions to your problem, for it is written: “Thus says the LORD: ” Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the LORD. For he shall be like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see when good comes, but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land which is not inhabited” (Jeremiah 17:5). Looking at men can amplify your situation. “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, and whose hope is the LORD!”, continues the Bible (Jeremiah 17:7).
Therefore, lean on God and Him alone. Cry out to Him and He will answer you for sure because He is faithful to His word.
May God bless you!