I often think God hasn’t heard me when I’ve prayed. When it seems like I haven’t gotten a response, I feel like God hasn’t listened, or he doesn’t think my prayer is important enough. If God truly heard me, he would do something, or say something to me.
But God hears us every time we pray. When he doesn’t reply immediately, it doesn’t mean he hasn’t listened, or we’ve done something to “distance” ourselves from God. It’s not as if he’s upset with us, and that’s why he’s not responding.
God will respond to our prayers when he thinks it’s right, and will act in our lives at a pace designed with his love for us at heart. As much as we’re concerned for our circumstances, or distraught over the life of another — God is just as concerned, and aware of every detail. He cares more than we ever could, and feels more strongly than we ever could feel.
At all times, God’s reasoning for his actions is based on his immense love for us, and his true love for those around us. Remember, when God doesn’t respond immediately to our prayers, it’s not because we haven’t prayed “properly,” or that we’re separate from God. He hears every word, and will act at the right time. God loves all of us very deeply. Pray to him as much as you can. He always listens.
~ Mona M. Hanna ~
Is everything okay?
Is everything alright?
Is nothing so bad it can’t be beaten?
Is the darkest pain, the deepest scar, the coldest day, still in the light?
Is the light brighter and stronger than anything? Than death?
Is he better than anything? He speaks our language. Understands our hearts. Our needs, desires, temptations, evils.
He’s so great he saw our evil, our wrong, our separation, and sent his Son to die in the most horrific way, for us.
For us. Can anything be overcome? Is anything beatable? Is there anything else we can look at? No. Not love of another, not romance, not career, money, pleasure. Everything can be taken away. Everything can die, go, leave. But not that. Not that. Nothing can take that away, or supersede it. He sees us as we are, our deepest hearts and souls, our evils, our wrongs, and he died for everyone. No matter how bad, or small.
If we ever wonder if there’s a point, if there’s any point to our lives — if there’s any point in being alive. There’s that. He will never leave you, loves you more than life itself. There’s nothing he can’t do, but he’ll only do what’s good. Let your heart be full. Believe. You’re not alone. And never will be.
~ Mona M. Hanna ~
They spread the news about the suffering of those whom you punish.
Ps 69:26 NET
“I was a little displeased with them, but they have only made things worse for themselves.”
Brothers and sisters, if a person is discovered in some sin, you who are spiritual restore such a person in a spirit of gentleness. Pay close attention to yourselves, so that you are not tempted too.
The one who turns a sinner back from his wandering path will save that person’s soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.—Comfort the discouraged, help the weak, be patient toward all.
Therefore we must not pass judgment on one another, but rather determine never to place an obstacle or a trap before a brother or sister.—We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak, and not just please ourselves.
Love … is not glad about injustice.—So let the one who thinks he is standing be careful that he does not fall.
Zech 1:15, Gal 6:1, Jas 5:20, 1 Thess 5:14, Rom 14:13, Rom 15:1, 1 Cor 13:4, 1 Cor 13:6, 1 Cor 10:12
“The love of the Lord.”
Believer, look back through all thine experience, and think of the way whereby the Lord thy God has led thee in the wilderness, and how he hath fed and clothed thee every day-how he hath borne with thine ill manners-how he hath put up with all thy murmurings, and all thy longings after the flesh-pots of Egypt-how he has opened the rock to supply thee, and fed thee with manna that came down from heaven. Think of how his grace has been sufficient for thee in all thy troubles-how his blood has been a pardon to thee in all thy sins-how his rod and his staff have comforted thee. When thou hast thus looked back upon the love of the Lord, then let faith survey his love in the future, for remember that Christ's covenant and blood have something more in them than the past. He who has loved thee and pardoned thee, shall never cease to love and pardon. He is Alpha, and he shall be Omega also: he is first, and he shall be last. Therefore, bethink thee, when thou shalt pass through the valley of the shadow of death, thou needest fear no evil, for he is with thee. When thou shalt stand in the cold floods of Jordan, thou needest not fear, for death cannot separate thee from his love; and when thou shalt come into the mysteries of eternity thou needest not tremble, “For I am persuaded, that neither death; nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Now, soul, is not thy love refreshed? Does not this make thee love Jesus? Doth not a flight through illimitable plains of the ether of love inflame thy heart and compel thee to delight thyself in the Lord thy God? Surely as we meditate on “the love of the Lord,” our hearts burn within us, and we long to love him more.
~ Charles H. Spurgeon ~
Once, a Christian friend of mine said something to me about faith. She said the promises God has made to us are always true, no matter how we’re feeling. Unfortunately, this is something I find hard to remember.
God has said a great many things to me over the years since I became a Christian. He’s said my life is his now. He’s said he would take care of my entire Christian journey — he would do everything. He’s said that, even though he desperately didn’t want to go through with the crucifixion, he did it because he loves me so very, very much. And God has said he’s proud of me — not because I do everything right, or achieve great things, but because I try hard and I mean well.
And yet so often I feel sad and alone, and forget everything I’ve been told. I’ve struggled with depression since I was 17, and so frequently I have to deal with negative thinking and insecurity. I can feel that I’m completely on my own, and that my life has no direction or purpose.
But everything God has ever said to me is still true. I am not alone. God does love me. Jesus himself is guiding my Christian journey, and will never leave me, or look away.
Even if I’m lost and understand little else, I can hold onto God’s promises. Where I stand with God is not based on how I feel. I can’t assume that God loves me less, or is protecting me less, if I feel awful or am going through a difficult situation. And, most importantly, God doesn’t keep his promises to me based on how “good” a Christian I am, but because Jesus died for my sins, and paid for everything I do wrong.
So I need to hold onto the beautiful things God has said to me. He will never let me down. I need to have faith.
~ Mona M. Hanna ~
rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
Expectations, deserve. Beware of entitled thoughts. If you fall into the trap of thinking you deserve something, then how can you be grateful for what you have? Besides, aren't your much happier when you are blessed with something you weren't expecting? Falling into the pit of deserving thoughts does not lead to a path of happiness. Let your “deserving” thoughts be replaced with rooted, “thankful” thoughts.
Yea, I will help thee
Yesterday's promise secured us strength for what we have to do, but this guarantees us aid in cases where we cannot act alone. The LORD says, “I will help thee.” Strength within is supplemented by help without. God can raise us up allies in our warfare if so it seems good in His sight; and even if He does not send us human assistance, He Himself will be at our side, and this is better still. “Our August Ally” is better than legions of mortal helpers.
His help is timely: He is a very present help in time of trouble. His help is very wise: He knows how to give each man help meet and fit for him. His help is most effectual, though vain is the help of man. His help is more than help, for He bears all the burden and supplies all the need. “The LORD is my helper, I will not fear what man can do unto me.”
Because He has already been our help, we feel confidence in Him for the present and the future. Our prayer is, “LORD, be thou my helper”; our experience is, “The Spirit also helpeth our infirmities”; our expectation is, “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, whence cometh my help”; and our song soon will be, “Thou, LORD, hast holpen me.”
~ C.H. Spurgeon ~
“At times I feel an ache, an inner loneliness that cripples me.
But I forget about God. I forget that God loves me, and actually wants a relationship with me.
A Christian friend of mine told me that God has emotions. Not that he’s defensive and unstable, but he loves me and is sad when I turn away from him. He feels sadness when I’m hurt, and feels love and joy at my happiness.
I matter to him. He isn’t an emotionless deity, watching from afar and not caring. He doesn’t go about his plans without caring if I’m involved. What I do matters to him. What I say matters. How I treat him. If I spend time with him.
“He loves me, and just as I would be hurt if someone I love rejected me, he’s hurt when I reject him. Just as I feel sad when someone I love is sad, or I’m in pain when they’re upset — God’s the same. He aches when I’m upset. He actually loves me. He cries when I cry. If only I could see it. Any pain I feel would be diminished in light of God’s love. He cares about every part of me. If only I could see it.”
~ Mona M. Hanna ~