Sometimes, when I pray, I feel that all is right. The Lord has heard me and He will act. Immediately.
Other times, it’s as if I’m a little girl, tugging at my father’s coat sleeves, squealing, “Daddy, Daddy, listen!
I feel ignored. My Father is involved with more important things than my small requests. He’s running the universe. Who am I to come too Him and ask for Him to turn His attention to my problems?
Do you ever feel like that, too?
I’ve come to learn that this feeling of insignificance is not true. It is a lie, perhaps from the Devil himself.
If Jesus became a man to die in my place and take the penalty for my sin upon His shoulders, then I can’t be unimportant.
And if He would do this for me, then I know that I can rest in His promises to:
- care for me (“Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7)
- never leave me (“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5)
- keep me safe (“He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge.” Psalm 91:4)
- Save me eternally (“For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in Him shall eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.” John 6:40)
- Counsel me (“Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” John 8:12)
- hear me (“For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His ears are attentive to their prayer…” 1 Peter 3:12)
It’s almost more than I can imagine: the Eternal God who rules the universe notices me and acts to care for me, to listen to me, counsel me, and stay forever near me.
Friend, remember these verses when you have a day of self-doubt. Repeat them out loud. Speak them as a prayer to the Lord. Choose to live according these truths.
God wouldn’t have made these promises if they weren’t true.