Help Is Near

July 6, 2014 by


“The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth.” ~Psalm 145:18 (NKJV)

Every Sunday morning in our fellowship, before we begin our worship time, I ask the question: “How may I pray for you this morning?” I do this primarily because the standard question always seems to be, “what are your prayer requests?”

There is, in my mind, a thought that we ought to approach God in prayer with something specific in mind. I say this because I believe, too often, we are just “slinging our prayers toward heaven” in hopes of God hearing and taking pity on us. I am convinced that it’s more about how we ask rather than what we ask.

But, having said that,

It is one of His ways of bringing answers and delight to our lives. As one discovers, the answer isn’t always what we expect, though.

This morning I would like to share some thoughts of another on this subject. As I read them, I found them to be comforting and reinforcing. I hope you do, too.

            Healing begins when we do something. Healing begins when we reach out. Healing starts when we take a step. God’s help is near and always available, but it is only given to those who seek it. Nothing results from apathy …God honors radical, risk-taking faith. When arks are built, lives are saved. When soldiers march, Jerichos tumble. When staffs are raised, seas still open. When a lunch is shared, thousands are fed. And when a garment is touched—whether by the hand of an anemic woman of Galilee or by the prayers of a beggar in Bangladesh—Jesus stops. He stops and responds. ~He Still Moves Stones by Max Lucado

So, this morning, I want to encourage you to be specific in what you ask of Him–then watch what happens.

Heather reminds you that you can click the red link to purchase Max Lucado’s book He Still Moves Stones. Other favorites of hers by Max Lucado are Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Can Imagine and In The Grip of Grace: Your Father Always Caught You. He Still Does. 

Her family’s favorite children’s books by Max Lucado include: You Are Special, Just In Case You Ever Wonder, You Are Mineand Because I Love You

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Please welcome our Sunday morning contributing writer, Pastor John Roberts. John is the pastor of New Hope Fellowship in the great Northwest where he resides with his wife of 46 years. 


2 Responses to Help Is Near

  1. Arlene Page Baker

    Thank you, Pastor John for such wonderful words–JESUS is eager to perform such exciting miracles in our lives. We all need to open our hearts to HIS marvelous works and seek eagerly to be a part of this moving of the HOLY SPIRIT. Blessings

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