We Continue to Pray!
1 John 5:13-15;20
John the evangelist says:
"I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life. And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.
And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ."
We all know that it is amazing that we can come to the Creator and Maker of all that is, and that He always has time for us and hears us.
So, as we spend more time in this season of Lent in prayer, we are reminded that God loves us completely and cares for us entirely. We believe that these 40 days of Lent are significant and meaningful. We believe that God hears us and answers us.
I don’t know about you, but I suspect you are like me. I am eternally grateful and appreciative that I can go to God with my hopes and dreams, with my struggles and pains, and with my joys and celebrations and He is always there. He is always delighted to listen to me.
In this regard we especially lift before God His church. We hold up our fellowship of believers gathered here in Aberdeen. We ask God to bless us and guide us. We ask to be led and directed by His Spirit. We seek to share with our families our friends and our neighbors that God is here for them too.
We are reminded in:
“Likewise, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.”
In our deepest of hurts and in our darkest of places, even when our words are exhausted, and our pains overwhelm us, God hears our groanings too deep for words. Even if we can’t express what is on our hearts, God hears the very cries of our souls.
You see it is not about the mere words we express; it is about the true nature and reality of who we are. God sees us right here and right now. God knows us through and through.
“O LORD, you have searched me and known me!
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
You search out my path and my lying down
and are acquainted with all my ways.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O LORD, you know it altogether.
You hem me in, behind and before,
and lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is high; I cannot attain it.”
What more can we possibly say? We lift before God our lives. We come into His presence holding before Him His church. We pray that he blesses us and uses us for His purposes. That we might shine in the darkness and that we might proclaim His kingdom come, His will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
So I invite you to continue in this Holy season of Lent in prayer and devotion. Joining together in voice and in word and beyond words our prayers of petition, confession, intercession, thanksgiving and praise. Knowing that God hears us and answers us.