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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Draw Close

Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know” (Jeremiah 33:3, NIV)

What is your hurry?  What draws you away from intimate prayer time with Him? This verse in Jeremiah reveals a great promise about prayer. If you rush into your day without taking time to pray, you will miss something the Lord wishes to share with you. “I send it out,” God says of His Word, “and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it” (Isaiah 55:11, NLT). This verse in Jeremiah about prayer is an absolute truth and produces fruit. If you call to Him, He will answer and change your life. You ask the omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient God. You ask the creator of the universe. You ask your loving God who knows you better than you know yourself. You seek your Father, and He gives His time willingly and unsparingly because you are precious to Him. You ask the Lord who is everywhere at the same time, and yet He is there for you. You ask an all-powerful God who is there for all who believe. He brings the same power to your prayer need that He used to raise Jesus from the dead (Ephesians 1:19). There is no other name that you need, but that of Jesus Christ.

He answers you with great and unsearchable things which you do not know. You may not understand the purpose of all He imparts after He reveals them to you, but you believe because He is your God. He only imparts truth. You believe them by faith, and you trust by faith. One day you may understand what He has shown you, and one day you may not understand. It is alright either way. You have His peace either way. Because you love Him deeply and intimately as He has loved you, there is peace in either knowing or not knowing–in understanding or not understanding. You accept that He knows best so there is no struggle against His will. He speaks to your longing spirit and heart because you have inner peace and joy no matter what happens. You receive powerfully and completely and trustingly from His bountiful grace.

This is a glimpse of how your life can be with Him. Cry out to Him. Pray to Him, and He will answer you. It is when you seek all of Him and have given up all of your own desires—your control—your rights, that the things he imparts fall behind the miraculous wonder of just being in His presence. The unsearchable truths come from His heart to encourage you, but being in His presence is beyond any description. Seek Him. Call to Him. If you draw close to Him, He draws close to you (James 4:8). He is just there and He is all you need.

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