When We Cry Out to God
Most likely, we have all cried out to God in desperation. Whether it was something as simple as fearing a school test or something as grave as sitting in the waiting room during a friend’s surgery, we know how it feels to have no option left but to call upon almighty God.
It is important to note that there is a difference between our cries to God and our prayers. In prayer, we bring many things to the Father at once, emptying our hearts before His throne, listening to what He has to say to us. When we cry out, though, something else happens. We are then so overcome by emotion—be it fear, dread, sorrow, or even anxious hope—that we can’t help spontaneously throwing ourselves on God’s mercy for our immediate need. The Bible records many different instances of crying out. There are cries of desperation (Matt. 14:29-30), helplessness (2 Chronicles 20:9-12), and even faith (Psalm 34:15-17).
The most dynamic truth we can learn about our cries, however, is that the heavenly Father hears every single one. In the desert, the Lord heard Moses’ cry of anguish and responded immediately (Ex. 17:3-7). Likewise, in Judges 3:9-11, God heard the people’s cry for deliverance and answered with perfect timing.
Our Father wants His children to call to Him with the burdens of their heart. Have you cried out to God in faith? Be assured that He is listening, and that even when we can’t think of what to say, His Holy Spirit intercedes on our behalf (Rom. 8:26).
With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible. Matthew 19:26
It is amazing what God has accomplished through the lives of those who follow Him. Could Joshua have dreamed the walls of Jericho would fall after a march, a trumpet blast, and a cry from the people? Could Simon Peter have imagined walking on water? Would Moses have expected to hold back the Red Sea? We serve a powerful God whose abilities and strength surpass our limited imaginations, and the exciting thing is that He often uses us in the process of getting the job done.
The same power that destroyed the mighty walls of Jericho, enabled Peter to walk on water, and divided the sea so the Israelites could cross on dry ground is still available to us. Our own power is limited to our mortal minds and bodies, but Matthew 19:26 tells us that “with God all things are possible.”
If you are facing a task that seems impossible, you may become discouraged if you try to accomplish it on your own. So ask God how He wants you to get the job done. You may be surprised at the creativity and resourcefulness God provides as He enables you to fulfill His calling.
All Christ power springs from communion with God and from the indwelling of divine grace. James Aughey