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In Psalm 32:6 we find an exhortation, that everyone who is godly should pray to God when He can be found. This is a novel idea to many. In our fallen nature we want to be able to tell God what to do, where to do it, and how to go about it. We want to pray to God wherever, whenever, and however we feel like it, demanding tht He should do our bidding.
This is not historic Christianity. We don’t have the option of telling God what to do. Rather, we look to God’s Word and promise. Where has He said He would be? What does He say He will do? Does He have a particular time or season in which we can expect Him to work? These are difficult questions. But if we understand them rightly we will find our prayers empowered and our faith encouraged.
Where is God found? We are told that the Lord is present for forgiveness when we pray, when we assemble around His Word, when we receive communion, and when we are engaged in forgiving one another. We should have no doubt about this. Do you want to find God? Go to a church service where they are reading Scripture, praying, and really receiving communion as an instrument of God’s forgiveness and grace.
What does God promise? Blessing, forgiveness of sins, wisdom, and also that we will receive trials and tribulations in this world. He promises resurrection in the last day. He makes many promises to all who ask. We should have no doubt about those promises. Probably chief among them is that He will be with his people and never forsake them, as they are receiving baptism and teaching to walk in righteousness. We can rest on God’s promises, without doubting. Let’s allow God to tell what He has promised, rather than trying to make it up ourselves.
Does God have a particular time to work? Yes. He works among His people when they call on His name. Do we want help from the Lord? We call on Him, rather than waiting to see if He does anything. He has already done all that is necessary for our salvation. Now we get to bring our needs before Him, asking Him to intervene in this world. He has promised to do so. Call on the Lord. He is there.
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