Thursday, July 10, 2008

Confidence that is Secure

Hear a just cause, O Lord, give heed to my cry; give ear to my prayer, which is not from deceitful lips…I have called upon You, for You will answer me, O God; incline Your ear to me, hear my speech. Wondrously show Your lovingkindness O savior of those who take refuge at Your right hand. Psalm 17:1-7

How does one have such confidence in prayer? "You will answer me" seems to indicate an expectation beyond what most Christians pray with today. How about you?

So what do you think? Why does the psalmist have such confidence and we, at least most of the time, have only the faintest of hopes?

Perhaps the psalmist answers our question by the final words that state: "those who take refuge at Your right hand". There is a place of deep security in the right hand of an Almighty God!

Within that security, courage and confidence build. When we come to really, I mean really, comprehend the depth of our God’s love for us we will grow in our unfettered confidence in asking boldly and asking expectantly.

Have you found His refuge yet?

It is only when we get the understanding of the "breadth and the length and the height and the depth" of the love of Jesus for His people (Ephesians 3:18) that we will finally understand that prayer has absolutely nothing to do with how we pray.

Only then will we grasp that the unfathomable, unfettered love of an understanding, all-knowing God who desires to impact our lives through faithful, expecting prayer has ordained prayer for the purpose of showing His people His love!

Over the next few days be aware of the Holy Spirits invitation to "come away". You will be invited to begin to discover the refuge of God’s right hand.

You will know the invitation when it comes during one of your favorite television programs, a very busy day, an important task or job or a busy demanding family time of day.

Understand that our God knows every nuance of our hearts; there are no secrets. He will invite us during one of our "important" times not to prove our obedience but to display to us that His refuge is deeper, stronger, wider than any of the things we see as so important.

The invitation will come. Will you have the courage to follow?

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