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“Call” - August 11, 2020

  “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’

                         Jeremiah 33:3

Within the past week someone shared with me the verse above, personally testifying to the strength that may be drawn from it.  These are words that the prophet Jeremiah hears from God as he is confined by the king to the courtyard of the guard.  Jeremiah and all of his people are in a dire situation; the armies of the Babylonians are advancing on their city.  Big trouble is on the horizon.

For us, however it is that our lives progress, most of us on occasion experience and face dire situations; trouble advances and encroaches upon our space.  I think we all recognize that reality, with or without the added stressors and trouble of a pandemic.

But God speaks to Jeremiah, and encourages Jeremiah to speak to him, the Lord.  In the midst of dire situations God calls us to call on him and to know that he hears us.  God promises that He will answer with words pointing us to his great and unsearchable ways, ways of creation, re-creation and rescue.

In Matthew 6, Jesus wants his disciples to know more about how to call on the Lord so that they too may draw strength for living, serving and loving.  Jesus says, ‘“This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven…’” and then follows what we know as the Lord’s Prayer (see Matthew 6:9-13).

Take time today to call on God and be reassured of his goodness, power and love.

PRAYER ENCOURAGEMENT: For today’s prayer suggestion, I encourage you take the time (6 minutes) to engage in the exercise found in the link below. It can be done either seated or standing (preferred).  Especially if you are part of a household, I encourage you to learn this prayer together and / or teach it to your children or grandchildren.  You may even try incorporating it into your Sunday household worship time. 

Here’s the link:  https://vimeo.com/229206547