Matthew 5:6Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Yesterday, I came across the 21 days of fasting and prayer by Ruby Gals on FB. Today is the first day of “seeking after the heartbeat of God”. I love this theme because it is something that I believe we ought to always be striving for, but is something that we can easily lose sight of when life “gets in the way”, or “gets the better of us”. To mark this day, I am making a commitment to see all 21 days through, and document here some of the ways God works in me. I pray always that through my own struggles and revelations that those who read will be brought closer to accepting Christ, or brought into a deeper relationship with Him.
Here are the verses for DAY 1:
Psalm 27: 7-8
Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me. When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.
A theme that I frequently contend with is: DECISION. For the longest time I believed that belief and faith were something that you got. Like a cold or the flu. You catch it, and if you’re lucky, it sticks for a while. So I’d “catch” some faith, I would be strong and consistent, but then a bump would come along and I’d lose grip of the faith and belief. I knew my salvation was secure, but I’d guess I was not so lucky to be one of those folks whose grasp of faith and belief was strong enough to keep it around in harder times.
Psalm 27:7-8 speak clearly to me that following God is a matter of making the decision, or not making the decision to do exactly that: follow Him. In vs. 7, the author is crying out to the Lord, hoping and asking God to answer him.
If we were to stop right there, we put ourselves there in his shoes. Is he crying out to God with a heart full of hope and knowledge that the Lord will indeed answer? Or maybe he’s asking for mercy without really believing that God is even willing to show it?
If you’re like me, maybe it’s with a head full of Bible knowledge of God’s mercy and goodness and might, but with a heart full of wishy washy belief, and wavering faith.
We CALL OUT, and we fall on our knees CRYING OUT: LORD I NEED HELP! LORD, THIS HURTS! LORD, WHY??? We know we can call out to Him, we know He hears it. But do we believe that He will heed our prayers?
The next verse gives me the answer that soothes my heart and calms my fears: “When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.”
The Lord answers straightway, but not the way we might expect. When we call out, the Lord doesn’t rebuke us for pouring our hearts out to Him. He doesn’t push us away for lack of belief. When we open our hearts with expectation and contriteness, He doesn’t stiff-arm us to not deal with all our baggage. Instead, the Almighty extends an invitation to come closer: Seek ye my face.
James 4:8Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
James says that every step we take toward God is a step He takes toward us. As we turn away from the sin and hopelessness and lies we’ve latched on to, we will experience all the mercy and answers we so desperately hope to receive from the Lord.
On this first day, will you arise with me, O Souls? Will you seek the Lord’s face with expectation and a contrite heart, and be sure of His new and abundant mercies?