Journal Entry ~ 06/20/19

In my distress I called to the LORD, and he answered me.  - Psalm 120:1

So, if this world is going to be full of trouble, we need an action plan for how to respond. Psalm 120 shows us how to respond when our hearts are broken by this world. When we are in distress, we are to call out to the Lord and we are to trust that He will answer us. Quite simply, we are to pray. 

Prayer needs to be our first response, but far too often, it’s not. Many of us respond to our trials with worry, or with complaints, we bring it to a friend, or we go about trying to solve it ourselves. The reality is we all cry out in some way when we’re in distress - with our actions, our words, or our thoughts. The question is to whom do we cry out?

Those of us who are believers know we should cry out to Him, but we still struggle to go to Him first. Why is that?  Because we often don’t trust that He hears us. We know He does, we’ve been told He hears us and we read it in Scripture, but when it comes right down to it and we’re in a moment of crisis, we don’t trust that He hears us so we don’t go to Him. 

This is a truth we need to review over and over in our minds for it to truly saturate our thinking. We need to hear it and read it every day for it to truly permeate our thoughts and for us to begin to understand it. This is one of the primary reasons we need to have scripture open on front of us every day. The world will counter these truths, and would have us believe we’re on our own, so we need these truths in front of us every day if we’re going to put them into action. 

The God who created this entire universe hears your every word, your every cry, your every panic, your every heartache. He knows and He cares. He pays attention to you, and He loves you. He hears you when you pray. Never doubt that for a minute. 

Cry out to the Lord in your distress, and trust that He hears your prayer. 

Press on ~ you are loved 💗


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