“Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.” ~ Psalm 4:1
At a trip to the local Bureau of Motor Vehicles, a patron is told, “Please take a number and have a seat.” A sick patient in the hospital’s emergency room hears, “Simply fill out these forms, and we’ll be with you as soon as we can.” When you need to report an electrical situation, the answering machine at the electric company recites “Due to high call volume, we have no available operators at this time; your call will be answered in the order it was received.”
Throughout this life, we are taught to wait our turn, to let someone with a greater need be serviced first, to recognize that our needs or wants may not be worth immediate attention. These are good lessons to learn, but not if they cause us to forget other lessons–more important lessons. Do these life lessons stop us from turning our needs over to God? Are we afraid that He too will tell us to “take a number and have a seat”? Do we think that because others are too busy for us that God will certainly have too many “real” issues to deal with our petty problems. Hallelujah, this is not the case!
The omniscient Creator of the Universe already knows our needs, sees the tears we cry, and recognizes our hearts’ desires.
In Matthew 6:8 Jesus said, “Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.”
He knows our problems, but in I Corinthians 16:11, He instructs us to, “Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually.”
He knows our needs and He wants us to turn them over to Him. He is waiting for our prayers, waiting for us to come humbly before His throne, but that is not it. He assures that when we come to Him, He will respond.
“And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.” I John 5:14-15
How is this possible? Remind yourself where you stand with God. You are not some stranger that He just met. You are His child.
As Romans 8:17 states, “And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.”
As your beloved Daddy, He is not too busy to hear you. He wants to hear from you and He wants to see to your needs.
Where do you stand in your prayer life? Is fear of rejection keeping you from making your requests known unto God? What other issues hinder you from approaching His throne?