Tuesday, January 18, 2011

God is near -- Today's Devotion from Mike MacIntosh

The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear Him; He hears their cry and saves them. ~ Psalm 145:18-19

The book of Psalms contains 150 prayers -- some long, some short, some joyful, some sorrowful. In Psalm 145:18-19, we read that the Lord is near and waiting for us to initiate contact with Him. And when we do begin conversing with Him, He hears -- that is, He listens carefully and attentively. This theme was echoed by Isaiah, who spoke for the Lord, saying:

"It shall come to pass that before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking, I will hear" (Isaiah 65:24).

You see, God knows what we need even before we come to Him. While we are even in the process of speaking to Him, God is answering. What great assurance it is to know that His desire is to fulfill the spiritual desires of our heart.

We also have this assurance: He is near! And He is eagerly waiting for us to re-engage with Him in prayer. Be a person that is characterized by these great words of David: one who is continually coming back to God with a heart and mind focused on Him no matter what circumstances come your way.

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