Does God Have AmnesiA? Philippians 1.6
Hmm, I don't know--maybe the prayer that is answered more often than any other has just eight words-two words, repeated four times: "Oh God, oh God, oh God, oh God!' We pray these words as we come to the end of ourselves, of what we are able to manage and control, and realize that only God can effect change ... only God can save ... and certainly that God is indeed mighty to save!1 Note: as long as self is in the way, there Is not much room for God, whether we pray or not.
Yet when we cry out to God, he hears and he comes. He promises, 'when you call upon me, and come and pray to me, I will listen.'2 It is in our deepest need, God meets us; in fact, God uses deep human need as a springboard to accomplish his purposes.3 Have you ever noticed that God specializes in redeeming hopeless situations?
What seems hopeless in your life right now?
'Lost hope that your wayward son will find his way back to God? Perhaps he is in the ravages of some addiction. Remember it is the Father's heart to turn your son's heart, draw him back to himself, and to you. God specializes in bringing that which was lost home again. Do not lose hope, Friend. Jesus, in Luke chapter 15 talks about three things of value lost, three things found. So good.
"But Christine, 'you know how long I' been prayin' God would...?" No, but he does. Don't grow weary in praying, don't give up or lose hope; don't be afraid to cry out, "Oh God, oh God, oh God, oh God!! I am desperate for a touch from you!" God hears your prayer, and he will lovingly comfort you.
When the man after God's own heart, David, was overwhelmed by his circumstances, he found relief in God when he prayed. Consider his words,
"Yet I am poor and needy; may the Lord think of me. You are my help and my deliverer; O my God, do not delay."5 Prayer assures us that God is on the job, and employs our faith that he is at work.
1 - Zephaniah 3.17
2 - Jeremiah 29.12
3 - Jim Cymbala, Breakthrough Prayer, p.145 4 - Galatians 6,9
5 - Psalm 40.17
6 - Philippians 4.6,7
7 - John 5.17