December 26: “Crying Out to God”

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Be Still

To the best of your ability, get rid of all distractions. Take a couple of minutes to breathe deeply, to quiet yourself in the Lord’s presence. Then, prayerfully ask the Lord to speak to you in this time and let Him know that you will be listening and will make whatever adjustments He will reveal to you.

Today’s Bible Reading:

Zechariah 9:1-17
Revelation 17:1-18
Psalm 145:1-21
Proverbs 30:32

Listen to the Lord

Slowly and reflectively read the following verses and listen to what God will say to you through them. Then, consider writing down any insights He reveals to you.

Psalm 145:18 (NLT): “The LORD is close to all who call on him, yes, to all who call on him in truth.”

Reflections from Scripture:

Sometimes life can feel desperately lonely. We may feel all alone when there isn’t enough money in the bank, or we feel rejected by loved ones, or the stress at school or work is almost too much to bear. It might seem that no one is listening, that no one cares.

First of all, that is rarely ever true. Typically, many folks would jump to our aid if they only knew what was going on. (The Christmas story, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” beautifully illustrates this truth.)

Yet, as Jesus-followers, we don’t live only with horizontal relationships (our peers). We have a vertical relationship with our Heavenly Father. In fact, our relationship with God is to be our ultimate relationship. And Psalm 145:18 provides such comfort to those who will reach out to Him.

Psalm 145:18 (NLT): “The LORD is close to all who call on him, yes, to all who call on him in truth.”

The Lord is never far away if we are His child (John 1:12: Hebrews 13:5). In actuality, He is inside us (John 14:16-17; Romans 8:9).

But, Psalm 145:18 talks about experiencing God’s presence, particularly in the help that He can provide in our time of need. The verse that follows makes this clear.

Psalm 145:18-19 (NLT): “The LORD is close to all who call on him, yes, to all who call on him in truth. He grants the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cries for help and rescues them.”

So, how do we experience God’s presence when we need Him? Psalm 145:18 gives the answer: 1) We have to call on him, and 2) we must call on him in truth.

“Call on him” simply means that we pray. We cry out for help. We lay our burdens before Him and ask him to provide us aid.

“Call on him in truth” means that we aren’t engaged in disingenuous activity. Instead, our actions match the state of our heart. We are “true” in that our behavior and heart are aligned. In other words, our cries aren’t merely coming from our mouth … they are originating in our heart.

So, friend, do you feel as if God is distant from you? Do you particularly need Him to intercede in an area of your life? Then Psalm 145:18 gives the answer you’ve been looking for. Cry out to Him and trust Him to answer in the way that He deems best.

Psalm 145:18 (NLT): “The LORD is close to all who call on him, yes, to all who call on him in truth.”

Spend Time in Prayer

Lord Jesus, help me live by faith and not merely by sight. Help me rest on the promises of Your Word and not only on what I can see. I pray this in Your Name, Amen.


Matt Ellis is the pastor of First Baptist Church in Polk City, Florida (fbcpolkcity.com). His latest book is God’s Grace in the Real World. Connect with him on Facebook.

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I have an incredible wife that God gave to me on May 10, 1997. Since then, the Lord has blessed us with three wonderful boys. I am also the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Polk City, Florida.

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