Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not. ~Jeremiah 33:3
One of the greatest challenges to our faith is having a prayer life that sees consistent, powerful answers from God. God desires us to pray to Him. I believe that all of us, many times, feel convicted about not spending enough time in prayer, and about how weak and feeble our praying sometimes is. In Jer. 33:3, we have one of the great invitations to pray. In fact, it is an invitation to pray for unimaginable things! Our devotion this morning focuses on the invitation God makes to us. This invitation says, “Give Me a call!”
We see the discouraging APPEARANCE.
At the time God gave this invitation, the city of Jerusalem was overtaken by the Babylonians, and many of the Jews had been taken captive as prisoners. The temple and walls were destroyed. The leadership was weak and impotent. The outlook appeared discouraging. In order for us to experience the power of God working through our praying, we need our situation to be discouraging and beyond hope. It may be that your situation looks very discouraging and beyond hope. However, it is at this low point in life that God calls to us to pray and seek His face for our situation. Don’t let a discouraging appearance leave you defeated. “Call unto Me,” God says!
We see the divine APPEAL.
God appeals to us to call out to Him. The image is of someone holding onto a rope that is dangling from a height, and in need of rescue. It is an image of someone who is bobbing up and down in the ocean, in need of rescue. It is the image of someone whose back is against the wall, and out of human options. God says to call out to Him for help! God says to call out to Him as if it is an emergency. In the face of fear and disappointment, God says, “Call unto Me!” So often, we try to solve all of our own problems, and only when there does not seem to be a solution do we ask God for help. Beloved, it is time to call out to God as a loving Father Who is ready and able to meet our need!
We see the dynamic APPROACH.
God said He will show us great and mighty things we know not of. Let us pray Biblically. Biblical praying is when we ask, seek, and knock. It is asking in faith. It is the effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man. Let us pray boldly. This is courageous and earnest praying. It is praying that is not ashamed to ask God for help. It is praying that is uninhibited. Let us pray big! God said that He will “shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” This is praying that is out of the box. This is praying that is unprecedented. This is praying for the impossible to happen. It is praying while knowing that everything depends upon God to do something.
We see the demonstrable ANSWERS.
Notice the emphasis on “things, which thou knowest not.” God will answer big, bold, and out of the box praying more than once! These are answers where God changes the unchangeable; where God makes the impossible possible; where God makes a way where there is no way; where God opens doors that formerly were locked; where God does exceeding abundantly, above all that we ask or think. These are answers that demonstrate God still is!
Does your prayer life need a lift and shot in the arm? It might be that you need to conform your praying to Jer. 33:3. It might be that you are in a desperate situation, and out of options. Claim Jer. 33:3, and let God arise in your praying.
Have a great and mighty God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Job 1-4