“The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous and his ears toward their cry” (Psalms 34:15 ESV).
So, we have been mindfully acknowledging God’s presence in our lives several times throughout each day. And in so doing, we have found strength through His Spirit. We have learned to think less about our needs and more about those of others. We have disciplined ourselves to have a regular and consistent time of prayer and fellowship with our LORD. So what’s next?
This is the point where we need to challenge ourselves to maintain the ground we have taken and advance. Refuse to move backwards. Nurture the prayer life you have and it will grow!
Maybe you had trouble with one or more of the challenges. That’s not a problem. If we don’t encounter obstacles in our walk with God, if everything comes easy, then we are probably doing something wrong.
Jesus said we would have trouble in this world if we are “in Him” (John 16:33). “Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (2 Timothy 3:12 ESV).
We naturally appreciate things that we have had to work for more than things that were given to us. Dedicate yourself to a life of prayer. A deeper relationship with God is the reward!
As we are learning to recognize that God is always with us, it is reassuring to come across scriptures like Psalm 34:15. Not only does God care enough about us that He is always present with each of us, but He turns His face toward us and listens for our voices!
Have you ever been in a conversation where the other person was looking around for someone else to talk to? Or someone too preoccupied with his/her phone to really listen to what you are saying? That never happens with God! He knows our voices and longs for us to know His. Amen? Amen!
Blessings on your week!