The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth.
God is omnipresent in that He transcends all limitations of space and is present in the fullness of His being in every place. Everywhere. God is present throughout heaven and earth. ““Am I a God near at hand,” says the Lord, “And not a God afar off? Can anyone hide himself in secret places, so I shall not see him?” says the Lord; “Do I not fill heaven and earth?” says the Lord.” (Jeremiah 23:23-24 NKJV) So if we can agree to accept that God is everywhere and nothing is hidden from Him, then why do we sometimes think God is far away from our circumstance or what we are facing?
God gives us an access to Him. Yes, it’s a privilege and a generous gift to enter into His presence. We receive that gift when we make Him our Lord and Savior. His presence extends our time with Him while we are here on earth. His presence is the very essence of our intimate relationship with Him. “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” (James 4:8 NKJV) Under the old covenant, coming near to God was closely linked with the sacrificial system, but under the new covenant Jesus Christ’s sacrifice has given believers free access into God’s presence.
This intimate relationship I write about begins with prayer. Yes, prayer. Prayer is based on God’s love for believers. Through his grace, he gives them things which they do not deserve, while through his mercy he shields them from those things which they do deserve. God’s desire since the beginning of the ages was always to spend eternity with His creation. Only because of man’s fall to sin, did our relationship end with God. But God never changed His desire. His desire remains today; to spend eternity with us.
Prayer reflects a longing after God. “Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:12-13 NKJV) When we long after God, we humble ourselves and submit our ways to His ways. Longing after God is defined as a deep desire for God, which Scripture often compares to hunger or thirst. And only Jesus Christ can truly satisfy this longing for God.
I think we don’t access God or even call upon Him before our circumstances become critical or when what we are facing becomes a crisis because our relationship with Him is not where it should be. I think that if our relationship with God was intimate and close, we would call upon Him knowing He is right with us. Dependence on God for help with spiritual and physical needs arises out of an awareness of human helplessness. We need to look at our dependency in God as if nothing else matters. We need to bring God into each and every circumstance, each and every decision, and each and every moment of our lives. If God is our focal point, then we will by faith call upon Him.
Friend, my point is this. God is near; very near to you. You cannot hide anything from Him and there is nothing that surprises Him. There is nothing you are facing that He cannot take care of. “But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26 NKJV) I don’t care if you need healing, deliverance, forgiveness, strength to endure, a financial miracle, or just know that you have someone who loves you. God is present in His fullness; His power; His glory. Call upon Him and have conversation with Him. That’s all prayer is. And when you talk to God, listen to Him. Yes, God will answer you. Through His Word, through revelation of the truth, or however else He decides. He created you and knows how to get your attention.
Dear Lord, thank You that You remain near to us. Thank You that You are not far away. Help us Lord to remember that when we come to You and pray to You, You will listen. Nothing is impossible for You, Lord. Forgive us when we place You in a small box and our faith is not what it should be. You are a great BIG God who answers great BIG prayers. I believe Lord, help my unbelief. In Jesus Name. AMEN.
Don’t believe me, believe God!