A Heart of Gratitude – Day Eight

A Heart of Gratitude - Day Eight“I shall give thanks to You, for
You have answered me, and
You have become my salvation.”
Psalm 118:21, NASB

Do you believe, when you pray, that God hears and answers you? Or does it feel, when you talk to Him, more like He’s far off and unresponsive? When you are in need, do you come to Him for provision, or do you try to work things out on your own first?

Jeremiah 33:3 informs us that when we call to God, He will answer us. Psalm 34:15 declares that the Lord’s eyes are on those who are righteous. To their cry, His ears are attentive. If you have received Jesus, then this Scripture applies to you, for you have been made the righteousness of God in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21)! In Matthew 6:8, Jesus assures us that God knows what we need, even before we ask Him. Further on, in Matthew 7:11, He states that God will give what is good to the one who asks.

The idea that God is distant, and unfeeling towards what you have to say, is a lie that the enemy would love for you to believe. He knows that, according to James 5:16, the prayer of one who is righteous – who is in right standing with God – is both powerful and effective. The righteous person this verse speaks of is you! You have been made right with God through faith in His Son (Romans 3:24). You have been justified by the blood of Jesus (Romans 5:9). Know that your prayers avail much (James 5:16)! Present your requests to God, in full confidence of His love for you, and desire to provide for your every need. Give thanks to Him for the ways in which He has answered you in the past, and is working in your life in the present. Rejoice in the fact that our God is the Hearer and Answerer of prayer!

What have you been believing God for lately? To share, comment below. Take a moment to thank God for listening to you when you speak to Him, and for the answers He provides!

“Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.”

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My name is Emily Hockenhull. I started Called and Created as a way to share the good news of the gospel of God's grace with others. Come join me on the journey!

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