September 2017 Prayer Letter
11 For I know the thoughts (plans, purpose) that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. 12 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. 14 I will be found by you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back from your captivity; I will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you, says the Lord, and I will bring you to the place from which I cause you to be carried away captive. (Jeremiah 29:11-14)
Did you know that God thinks about us? He thinks about us all the time! In Proverbs 8:27-31 it says that even from the creation of the world we were His “daily delight”!
Rejoicing in His inhabited world,
And my delight was with the sons of men. Proverbs 8:31
Imagine! From the beginning of all things God has thought of us and has always wanted to be with us. We are truly His Daily Delight! In fact He’s always thinking and planning ways to bless us. With good things, not evil things. There are many that think of God as a harsh, unloving, dominating god who orchestrates evil on the world. But here in Jeremiah, God is planning only a beautiful future for each of us filled with love, hope and compassion. He even sent His only son Jesus to display the kind of love that He has for us.
We also have a God that we can run to. We can call upon Him at any time and He promises to listen to us. Imagine, the God of the universe listening to us! He’s not running away from us, He’s running toward us! In the story of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15:11-32, it describes how the father of the prodigal son ran towards his son even in the son’s lowest and most undeserving moment.
“And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him.” Luke 15:20
God in the same way promises to always be there for us when we call upon Him and pray to Him. Jeremiah 33:3 says.
‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’ Jeremiah 33:3
When we choose to seek God with all of our heart, He promises to always be found. If we choose to dialog with Him, He will dialog with us. Even in our most difficult and trying times. God promised Israel even in the most impossible of situations to release them from captivity if they would only call out to Him, seek Him and trust Him. He is not far to search for or difficult to seek. Psalms 145:18 says,
The Lord is near to all who call upon Him,
To all who call upon Him in truth. Psalms 145:18
What is your captivity? What is the situation you are in? It doesn’t matter what it is. God is only saying. “I have something better for you”, “I have a better outcome for you, a hopeful future”! “Just call out to Me, seek Me and you will find Me and I will respond”!
We pray that you will seek God and find hope in His son Jesus.
We pray that you will seek God’s word for all your needs and that your faith would be built up with it. For faith begins where the will of God is known. In His word.