10.02.2016

Now, Lord! NOW!


Let me hear in the morning of Your steadfast love, for in You I trust.
Make me know the way I should go, for to You I lift up my soul. Psalm 143:8

Lord, there are so many hurting hearts crying out tonight.
The reasons for the heartache cannot be counted, but regardless of the "why" the reality is the same. 
People are broken. They have been neglected, abused, rejected, abandoned, cheated, betrayed. 
They are grieving, suffering, mourning, weeping ... 
and they don't know what to do. Where to go. What to think. How to feel.
They need YOU, Lord.

Some already know You, but feel like You are a million miles away. 
Their prayers seem empty and without answers.
Others are willing to ask, "Who is this man they call Jesus?" but don't know where to start looking.
Others see no need for You but can hardly breathe through their pain.
Father, please! Draw them to Yourself!
Remind the believer that You are the still, quiet voice, and though they do not 'feel You' - You are THERE. "I will never leave you or forsake you."
Show the one seeking answers that You ARE the Son of the Living God who offers them living water that will never run dry and will well up into a spring of eternal life.
"... if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in Him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; 
for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing His riches on all who call on Him. 
For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10
And Father, for the one who refuses to acknowledge You, show mercy and save him in spite of himself.

People are broken, Lord. And You are the ONLY One who can put them back together - 
forgiven, restored, REDEEMED.
Hear the cry of Your children ... hear the cry of Your creation. 
They need You. Now, Lord. They need You NOW.
Thank You that You hear our prayers, and though we may not always appreciate the answers, we can trust You to do YOUR will - for Your glory - and our good.
There are not enough words, touches, smiles, or sympathies to heal a hurting heart, but when we offer YOU - the One who heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds - we offer everything.
Because every time we take someone to the foot of the Cross - to the feet of the Savior - we have set them in the only place that matters. Your presence.
You make known to me the path of life; in Your presence there is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16:11

Thank You, Lord, that no matter how much we hurt, no matter how dark the night seems, no matter how long and deep the valley appears - You are with us. You PROMISE that no one can snatch us from Your hand, and You PROMISE that nothing can separate us from Your love. Help us BELIEVE those promises so we can walk in faithful obedience day by day, even when we are not sure how we will survive the next hour.
We NEED YOU, Lord.
 We need each other.
Teach us to be people who willingly set aside our own comforts and desires so we can serve, love, and pursue those who are in desperate need of Your mercy and Your grace.
Without You we are nothing.
With You - we have everything we need.

Let me hear in the morning of Your steadfast love, for in You I trust.
Make me know the way I should go, for to You I lift up my soul. Psalm 143:8

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