Don’t Leave Him Hanging

I used to love Ben Tankard & the Tribe of Benjamin.  My father bought me their first CD, and it was the only thing I listened to for like two months.  When their next CD came out, I heard ONE song, violated my 3-4 song rule, and bought the CD.  Anyway, on the first CD, there is a song called “Spend Some Time With Me” that I *heart*.  It is so beautiful, well written, and perfectly put together.  It is a very romantic ballad that isn’t at all what you think it is.  It’s not a song you sing to God.  It’s a song He sings to you!  It’s almost as if God is trying to “holla” at you, and He’s going on and on about what He’s gonna do to you, and what He does for you; but all He wants from you is some quality time.  Check these lyrics:

I will be with you ’til the end.
You can count on Me to be your friend.
Will you spend some time with Me?

I will hold you tight in My arms,
Keeping you safe from all harm.
I love you.
Spend some time with Me.

I miss you.
I miss you.
I miss you.

I will walk with you in the sand,
Talking with you as we hold hands
When you spend some time with me.

I will give My all from the start.
All I ask of you is your heart.
Won’t you spend some time with me?

I miss you.
I miss you.
I miss you.

You’ve seen me make the sun shine so bright.
I’ve even hung the moon out at night
For you.
So, spend some time with Me.

You felt the wind I blew through the trees.
You saw the waves I made in the sea
For you.
So, spend some time with Me.

I will be with you ’til the end.
You can count on Me to be your friend.
Won’t you spend some time with me?

I will hold you tight in my arms,
Keeping you safe from all harm.
I love you.
Spend some time with me.

Doesn’t that just make you feel totally wretched?!  On one hand it’s like, wow…God totally digs me!!  But on the other hand it’s like, man…God digs me more than I dig Him…I really need to carve out more time for Him.  This song is just one of many that gives us just a glimpse of His passionate love for us.  Don’t leave the Man hanging.

So, I just want to say that I hate this video, and it is beyond corny!! I have no idea what they are doing lol. I think it takes away from the song, so maybe you should watch it with your eyes closed LOL. Enjoy!

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The Power of Jesus

Redeemed for a Purpose

This is my second annual Easter e-sermon 😉  Last year I talked about not leaving Jesus out of the holiday, and shortly afterward chronicled the salvation story in a narrative.  This year I’d like to talk about not taking Jesus for granted.  We talked about this in church recently, and it’s still on my mind.

For most Christians, Jesus lives in a small box–outside of our hearts, but that’s a different message.  When we talk about Jesus, we talk about Him as a savior, healer, deliverer, protector, strong tower, provider, and whatever else we say.  Jesus is the creator of all things, and we shrink Him down to this.  We limit what He can do in our lives.  How is it that someone who created air–colorless, odorless, weightless, invisible, but yet sustains life–can only save us from eternal death, heal us from disease, get us out of jams, keep us safe, and hook us up with stuff?  Is that all He died for?  If I were Jesus I think I’d be bored with that lol.  Jesus created everything there is!  EVERYTHING!  Whatever you see, He made it.  Whatever your profession is, He’s the best their is.  Whatever  good idea you have, He gave it to you!  Jesus could be so much more to us if we would recognize and get to know Him as a creator.  I know it’s a bit odd talking about Jesus the creator for Easter, but it will all come together in a minute.

We know that Jesus died so we can all be with Him in Heaven, but that’s not all He died for.  If that was the case, then once we get saved we should be able to live however we want, right?  Jesus died so that we can have life–a more abundant life (John 10:10b, paraphrased).  “More abundant” doesn’t mean filled with more stuff and living a wild and crazy life.  It means living a truly free life.  If you don’t know what it means to be truly free, then I suggest you read…well, actually I can’t find the post I was looking for, so I’ll have to write about that later.  Send me an email via the contact page if you’re really curious.  Anyway, living a life full of what?  Whatever God allows for your life!  It could be huge, and it may not, but God’s plans are perfect.  His eternal plans do involve you–that’s only if you accept it that is.

I’ve already urged you to accept Jesus and to keep Him at the core of your life.  This Easter, I urge you to take Jesus out of your box and see what He can really do.  We asked Him to save us.  Done!  Heal me.  Done. Deliver me.  Done.  Protect me.  Done…next!  Allow Jesus to “make it do what it do!”  Let Him into your whole life because only He can really help you.  No matter the problem, great or small, He can solve them ALL!  Discovery comes through revelation, and we can only discover what Jesus allows us to discover.  All of the knowledge that we have stored in encyclopedias and databases is only a handful of what’s really out there.  We only know what Jesus allows us to know, and we won’t know anymore unless we tap into the knowledge of Jesus!  I’m not saying that we need to know Him only for what He knows.  He’s not the smart kid in school that everyone wants to be friends with before the test.  He is Yoda!  The great sage whom everyone recognizes as being wise therefore listen, we must.

On this day, we commemorate Jesus in His resurrected state.  Yay, Jesus!  Thank You SOOOOOO much for doing that.  But now Jesus is living in each of us who actively follow Him.
 Let us remember that He is alive and still at work in our lives.  He is risen, and I love that, but He didn’t rise for us to go around saying He is risen.  Let me take a quick tangent, and by His grace I’ll be able to link it back to his LOL.  We’re called to be fishers of men, right?  What does that mean?  Pretty much that the job of every Christian is to make disciples.  What does that mean?  Everyone is supposed to share the Good News.  That’s true, but that doesn’t mean that everyone needs to hit the streets and witness to people.  There are different types of evangelism.  The Bible says that our lives should be living epistles to be seen and read by men.  What’s an epistle?  Modern translations say a letter to be read.  A lot of church folks say that the Bible is God’s love letter to us.  All in all, what do you do with a letter?  You read it!  Why?  Because someone has something to say to you, or maybe there’s some information you wanted to get.  Either way, letters get our attention.  It’s not like TV where we zone in and out.  When we get a letter we sit and read it all.  So, if we’re supposed to be letters to be read by other people, then that means that we have something to say to them, and/or we have information that we need to give.  What is the info, or what do we have to tell them?  The Good News!  Back to evangelism…it says that our lives are letters, right?  Christians should be leading different lives.  When people look at us they should be saying, “WHOA!  I need what they have!”  What do we have?  Jesus!  What can Jesus do for us?  EVERYTHING!  At our jobs, we should be the ones coming up with all the brilliant ideas because Jesus is the most brilliant person there is!  Christians should make all of the earth shattering discoveries because we should be in tune with Him to reveal those things to us.  As Christians, we should run this joint, but we don’t because we have Jesus in a tiny box.  LET HIM OUT!  Discover Jesus in new ways!  Stop talking to Him about the same old problems.  He already knows, and He heard you the first time.  Pray brand new prayers!  Sing brand new songs!  Worship Him for who He is, and not just for what He can do for us.  HE’S ALIVE!  So…let Him live.

A Secret Society

Being a Christian is somewhat like being a part of a member’s only club.  There are certain things you just will not have access to, or insight on, unless you are one.  However, the membership is open to whoever would like to join!  Just go to the front office (your knees in prayer), agree to the terms and conditions (confess), and pick up your member’s only jacket. Well, it’s more like member’s only full body suit (Eph. 6:11-17).

Being a Christian is also somewhat like being a member of a secret society at times.  Let’s say there is a room with 20 people in it.  I know we always say that we are in the world, but not of the world,

but the fact is that we’re not aliens lol.  There’s no way you can look at all 20 people in the room and pick out the Christian(s).  We look like everyone else, and the member’s only jacket is figurative, of course.  However, secret societies have discreet identifiers so the members can recognize each other.  It could be a secret hand shake, a code word, or whatever.  Now, of course being identified as a Christian shouldn’t be something that you try to hide (and we’ll get to that in a minute!), but in this example with the 20 people, how would you know?  I think one of the coolest things that happens to me is discovering a brother or sister in my midst.  Someone will say something that puts my antenna up, and, after a brief conversation, we both recognize that we’ve got the same Daddy!  I love it when that happens because I often feel alone wherever I go.  Not physically because I know God is with me, but there is generally no one around with whom I can really connect with.

I was waiting for my class tonight, and I saw this happen to two guys.  But, since I was eavesdropping on the conversation, I have discovered I have two brothers in the class as well!  So, one guy was reading a book, and the other guy says, “…so you’re a reader?”  They started talking about books and reading.  One guy was obviously a reader, and the other wasn’t.  After a while the one who was not a reader said, “I only read my Bible.”  Without missing a beat, the reader started talking about a book he read that was awesome that the non-reader should read.  I believe it was Desiring God by John Piper.  I haven’t read this book, but I know Piper’s work, so it has to be good.  Anyway, they had this whole conversation about free will and predestination–out in the open, in front of everyone!  I was totally enjoying this experience.

How many of us would have gotten past the “I only read my Bible” statement?  I love how these two brothers were going back and forth unashamed about their God.  I thought to myself, “Could I have been in that situation?”  Would I be concerned about the people around me?  Would you??  The fact of the matter is that some of us think that we are in a secret society for real!  If our society had a theme song, it would NOT be This Little Light of Mine!  For us to have a Father who is so strong and mighty we–His children–are so weak and timid, and it’s disappointing.   The guy who was the non-reader was on the pro-predestination side, and he said something that was important for his argument and also important for Christian life period.   He said although God has chosen His sons and daughters, we don’t know who they are.  So, we still need to go and reach the lost because we have no idea who is chosen and who’s not.  The point of this post is not to confirm or deny predestination, but to say that if we’re all scared of what people might say or think of us, then who is doing all of the going and reaching the lost?  Many of us are not pulling our weight in this family, and we need to be ashamed.

American modern-day Christians sadly have the “us four and no more” mentality.  We’re saved, we’re going to Heaven, and that’s pretty all we are concerned about.  That is not what God saved us for!  This reminds me of a song by Babbie Mason called What in the World.  Check out some of the words:

If we were not loved to love

If we were not touched to touch

If we were not led to lead

If we were not fed feed

If You were not sacrifed so we could have new life

Fuller and deeper than before

Then, Lord, what in the world have You saved us for?

I don’t think there is too much more to say after that!  I’ll close with this.  In the words of the Fred Hammond & RFC, “Arise!  This is the final hour.  Arise, you soldiers of the King!  Arise!  Put on your holy armor, for the gates of hell shall not prevail!  Arise!  The Spirit says arise!”

Christian Music is Limitless!

You should know by now that I *heart* Christian music.  I love music–all kinds.  Many of you probably didn’t know that.  I always think it’s funny when I’m in someone’s car or something and they ask me if their music selection is ok because they don’t want to offend me.  I appreciate the thought, but to be honest, as long as SOMETHING is on in the background I’ll be fine.  I actually learn a lot from mainstream music–mainly what not to do lol.  Do you know what else I notice about mainstream music?  (I’m trying to stop saying “secular music” because that term is just soo churchy!)  Most mainstream music starts sounding the same after a while.  Not the actual music (i.e. tracks, beats, etc.), but the lyrics.  After all, the lyrics (message) are really the only differentiating factor between Christian and mainstream, right?

I’m no expert on mainstream music.  However, when I listen to it I feel like I hear the same songs over and over again.  I thought about it one day, and it occurred to me that there is a limited supply of content one could write about.  Most songs are either about love (the feelings, making love, falling in love, etc.), someone you’re in love with (the way (s)he looks, experiences with that person, what you want to do with that person, etc.), possessions/fame, dancing, having a good time, music, or general life issues/experiences.  There’s probably more, but I think that pretty much sums everything up.  Sure, there are several subcategories that create the variety and make songs “different,” but at the core it’s all the same.  It’s the same concept I wrote about a few years ago about freedom in Christ.  I said that people who are not Christians have the appearance of being free because they look like they do whatever they want.  However, whatever they do is all they can do because they are enslaved to sin.  The life of a Christian appears to be restrictive to those who do not understand what real freedom is.  I believe this same concept holds true to mainstream music!  True, there’s a wide variety of things to sing about, but that’s all there is.

Christian music is limitless!  Think about it.  Our lyrics are about God, or inspired by a God who is infinite! Wouldn’t an infinite God provide an infinite array of experiences to write about?  Think about it!  God has so many names and so many attributes…how do you begin to capture it all?  I bought Fred Hammond‘s latest CD last night.  INCREDIBLE!  Now, here is a guy who is known for solid lyrics for worship that just released a love CD.  Some people would say, “Why would a Christian artist make love songs?”  Ehhhh…why not?!  God IS love!  God CREATED relationships, marriage, and sex!  Why is that such a conundrum?  Because people put God in a box.  A Christian artist can and should write about anything and everything.  I wish artists would get that and stop redoing the same songs over and over again–especially the gospel ones, but I’m not going there again.  God is involved in every area of our lives, so why not the music?  The CCM folks get that more than the gospel folks.  There’s a song I hear on the CCM stations here in Atlanta that is a prime example of this.  I think it’s by Sanctus Real.  Anyway, it’s pretty much a plea from this man’s family asking him to be more of a leader in their home, and he asks God to help him with that.  Look at some of these words:

Lead me with strong hands.
Stand up when I can’t.
Don’t leave me hungry for love,
Chasing dreams that I could give up.
Show me you’re willing to fight,
That I’m still the love of your life.
I know we call this our home,
But I still feel alone.

Not sure if I got the words in the right order, but you get the point.  See, you don’t have to say JESUS JESUS JESUS for a song to be spiritual.  Whatever God ordains/commands/prescribes is great material for an awesome song!  God can get glory from anything, so let’s get more creative in our praises.  An incredible God does deserve an incredible praise, but I submit to you that infinite God deserves an infinite praise!

Brain Washed Robots

This morning, I was praying and thinking about the way I live my life, and I said that everyone can’t do things they way I do them–they couldn’t handle it!  I can barely handle it!  It’s only by His grace that I have been able to maintain the standards He set because, left to myself, I would have messed things up long time ago.  Then I started thinking about how a lot of people think that Christians are a bunch of brainwashed robots.  You know what I say to that?  Heck yeah!  With all the crap that goes through my head, I NEED my brain washed on a daily basis.  Think about it.  We live in a world that glorifies misogyny, illicit sexual relationships, murder, drunkenness, alternative lifestyles, disrespect, and deceit, but CHRISTIANS are the ones that are brainwashed??  The world could stand to be reprogrammed.

I remember when I first discovered what Psalm 37:4 really meant.  I, like the rest of moderately Biblical literate world, used to think that this was the Santa Claus clause.  You know, if I do what God says, then He’ll give me whatever I want.  I don’t know what God looks like, but I’m pretty sure He’s not a fat dude in a red suit!  Do you know what that scripture really means?  It means that if you delight (indulge, consume, make glad) yourself in the Lord (the things He says to do, His ways, His plan) then HE will PLACE in you your desires.  So, that means that if you make it your business to make God smile, then the things that you desire you didn’t even come up with those things.  Your life is truly not your own.  To be perfectly honest, I used to not like that.  Having some control issues in my life, I was like…man…I can’t even have my OWN desires??  What’s up with that?  I can’t even come up with a good idea on my own???  However, now that I think about it, that’s probably a good thing.  I remember my early college years being a very stressful and frustrating time of my life.  I was searching and seeking God for my lot in life.  I knew that I was created for something huge, but I had no idea what it was.  I felt listless and like my life was irrelevant.  What’s the purpose of existing with a purpose?  The only things that I ever wanted to do with my life was get married and have kids.  What happens after I can cross those off the list?  Life probably would go back to being irrelevant.  Why do I mention that?  I needed my life to be reprogrammed!  My life was meaningless before I accepted God’s terms for my life, and you ACCUSE me of being a brain washed robot?  I THANK GOD that He took control of my life because mine was going absolutely nowhere fast.  I mean, just to think of the things that I desire now…nobody but the Lord could have thought of such things!  People always that I dream too large.  Hey…I serve a God who is larger than life, so how small did you really expect my dreams to be??  I have large dreams that came from a large God!

The sad part about all of this is that you don’t have to be a non-believer to experience the listlessness in your life.  There are plenty of Christians, unfortunately, who have not delighted themselves in the Lord, therefore God has not placed His desires in them–and they wonder why their life sucks!  It’s no wonder we have so many Sunday-only Christians!  We’re a bunch of lazy bums who don’t study the Word enough to really understand what it means and it will take for us to live a life that is totally yielded to God–please notice I included myself in that bunch because I’m talking to ME too!

Based on Psalm 96 - singing a new song together

All I’m saying is that living a lifestyle of worship, purity, and surrender–what God really wants–takes work.  We have to do more than just go to church once per week, listen to a message that we never revisit, talk to God as we’re falling asleep at night, halfway read two scriptures before dashing out of the door in the morning, and expect things to be different in our lives.  God is not whore that we can just leave the money on the dresser and leave.  God loves quality time!  Let us be more intentional about embracing and delighting our God not just so He can give us our desires, but because we love Him and He is more than worthy of our praises, worship, and time.  Delight yourselves in the Lord!

It’s After 6:00, and We’re Still Here!

 

Some of us had a scare today.  Some of us had a wake up call.  Some of us just had another day.  Whatever kind of day you had today, people of God, we’re still here!  Now, of course, I’m not writing this because I believed all the craziness about Jesus returning today.  However, I could not waste an opportunity to share the good news!

There was a lot of joking going on this week and probably before then.  I have to admit that I had my share of jokes too.  However, my jokes had everything to do with the fact that the crazies over at wecanknow.com actually thought they could predict the second coming of Jesus.  Hogwash!  If God said–in the book that HE wrote–that none of us can know the day or the hour, then why would you even attempt to figure it out?  Do we have a secret desire to make God a liar??  Do not be deceived into believing their are secret codes in the Bible that unveil secret truths about the end times.  God will not be mocked.

If you were someone who was afraid of what might have happened today, then I’d like to offer you a sweet deal that you should not refuse.  So like, God is crazy in love with you.  I know you don’t believe it–I sometimes have issues believing myself–but it’s true!  Let me tell you how it goes.  God, you know Him: the totally awesome One who created EVERYTHING, knows EVERYTHING, and hears EVERYONE.  He had this great idea to create some beings that were like Him.  I guess you could think of it as having pets, but on a deeper level lol.  Hey…everyone wants someone/something to love!  Anyway, so He created Adam & Eve.  However, God made them with free will and they chose to do something that God told them not to.  So God punished them, and because of that punishment the devil–God’s arch-nemesis–brought sin into the world and is still trying to overtake us every single day!  Not only did God punish Adam & Eve, but He set up a punishment for the devil too that hasn’t happened yet.  However, when the devil finally “gets his,” there will be a lot of people who will join him in that punishment if they did not chose to acknowledge God’s awesomeness.  So, God wanted to save His people–the ones who believe in and follow Him–from this punishment, so He had quite a few of His favorite dudes step up and try.  However, men who are lousy, faulty, and a straight up hot mess compared to God kept ruining the plan.  So, He slapped down the card He had been waiting to play for the last round.  God sent His Son, Jesus, to the earth (as a human, but still the Son of God) to tell of His love and His plan to save all of us from this final punishment.  How was He going to do that?  Well, that’s where it gets interesting!  See, back in the day when God was still using men to carry out this plan, there were a looooot of very strict rules people had to follow.  The penalty for a lot of those rules was death!  God knew that none of us would come close to making it to Heaven if we all died when we did something wrong.  So, the new plan was to have His Son live here among us and NEVER sin so that He would be eligible to become a sacrifice for everyone.  See, back in the days with all the rules, YOU didn’t necessarily have to die when you broke the rules, but something did.  The “less serious” sins required you to kill a lamb (or some animal) and bring it to God as the sacrifice for what you did.  How?  You killed the lamb, put it on something called an altar, and set it on fire.  If God thought you were sorry, then the sacrifice would burn up.  Anyway, so back to Jesus.  He made Himself eligible to become the sacrifice for all people EVER (even us who weren’t around then!) by living according to what God said exactly and never doing anything wrong.  He allowed the people to accuse Him of all kind of crazy stuff, and that is how He ended up on the cross.  Jesus was falsely accused and executed all because God wanted a chance for YOU to spend the rest of eternity with Him!  So, while Jesus was on the cross dying, God allowed Him to take the blame for ALL sin past, present, and future (that’s ours!).  What does that mean?  Those rules from back in the day are still in place, and the penalty for sin is still death.  That means you still deserve to die for the wrong stuff you do.  However, Jesus decided to take care of that FOR you when He died!  Isn’t that cool?!

The story isn’t quite done yet.  God has points He still needs to make with us because we’re bone headed and do not get it.  That’s why we’re still here!  After Jesus died, he stayed dead for three days, and then He came back to life–true story!!  He had to go talk to some folks and prove a few points.  He had a few buddies that were still around, and He gave them some instructions because He wanted to make sure that EVERYONE in the world would have an opportunity to meet Him and get in on this plan.  After that, He went back to Heaven with His Father–God.  However, He promised to come back one day to get everyone who accepts the plan and take them home to meet His Father.  Sweet!  So, that’s where we are now:  waiting for Jesus to come back to take us to His home to meet and live with God.

Now, I know that everyone thinks that THEIR sin is too great and what THEY did is too big and ugly for God to forgive, but they’re wrong!  You know how it is when there’s serial killer on the news who gets caught, and they interview his mom to get her opinion and she says that she loves him and thinks he’s innocent?  We all think she’s crazy and blind, but that is still her son and she still loves and believes that he’s a good boy.  God’s love is like that, but 1000 times better!  We all think that God is crazy to love us the way we are, but we are His children and there is nothing we can do that can make Him stop loving us.  It doesn’t matter if you’ve stolen something, killed somebody, attempted to kill somebody, raped somebody, beat somebody, lied to somebody, hated somebody, molested somebody (or yourself!), thought ill of somebody, cussed out somebody, cheated on somebody, or what!  GOD DOES NOT CARE WHAT YOU DID!  He will forgive you for everything you did just as quick as He forgives the person whom we all deem as “good.”  The fact is that no one is good.  We are ALL rotten to the core with sin.  So, what do we do?  Accept God’s escape plan!  Spend the rest of time with Him, and don’t stick around to see what the final punishment is.  Don’t think twice about it!  Forget about what you’ve done and think about How much God loves you and wants you with Him.  The LEAST you can do to show Him how grateful you are is to accept the plan and live life the way He intended it to be lived–in constant gratitude to Him.  Why?  NO ONE can top what Jesus did, and He’s already proven that God is one bad (meaning awesomely good) dude and does not play around.

Maybe you don’t know how to accept God’s plan.  Maybe you’re thinking to yourself, “ok….this is all great, and I’d love to get on the roster…but how??”  I’m really glad you asked!  It’s very simple.  You just have to have a little conversation with God and it will all be taken care of.  I know you’re gonna feel funny and feel like you’re talking to yourself.  That’s something you’ll get over really soon.  However, if you believe that God loves you and you want to accept His plan, then believe me when I say that He is all ears right now!!  Just tell Him that you know that He loves you, you know that He desires to be friends with you, you know that you haven’t lived like you should, ask Him to forgive you (and if you REALLY mean it, He will!), and tell Him that you accept Jesus as your savior.  That’s all!  If you meant everything you said, and truly desire to live life God’s way, then congrats!  You have just added your name to the escape plan roster, and you will not be part of the final punishment!  WOO HOO!!!

Maybe you’re not good with words like I am and you don’t know what to say.  Here’s something you can say to God:

Dear God,

I know that you love me, and I am so glad that you do!  I also know that you went through great lengths to show that love to me, and I am so grateful for that.  However, Lord, I haven’t exactly lived my life in a way that shows my gratefulness.  I have done a lot of things wrong, and I know that I have broken your heart.  Please forgive me!  I don’t want to continue living in sin.  I want to do things Your way.  I believe that Jesus died and rose from the grave so I can have this opportunity to accept your plan.  Thank You, Jesus, for taking my place!  I accept You as my savior.  I want You to be the Lord of my life so I can make You proud.  I love You, Lord, and I believe that I am now saved.

In Jesus’ name, amen.

If you prayed that prayer, or something like it, I would love to know because you are now my brother or sister!  We have the same Father, and are in the same family now.  PLEASE write me and tell me if you did that!!  Just click on the contact link and shoot me a message.  I would love to personally congratulate you and stay in contact.  Take care!  God bless!  Don’t forget that He is STILL coming back!!

 

Waiting For God Expectantly

It sounds silly to say, but when you think about it, we do it all the time.  What sense does it make to pray and ask for something without expecting Him to do it?  Furthermore, why should He do it if we don’t expect Him to?  That’s one thing I’ve learned about prayer over the years.  You must pray confidently and expect that your prayer(s) will be answered.  We see it all the time on TV when someone asks for something, they get it, but when it’s time to thank everyone they say stuff like, “Oh wow!  I didn’t really think that…”   While we are waiting we must expect an answer from God.  Expectancy implies confidence as we seen in

Micah 7:7:

As for me, I look to the Lord for help.
I wait confidently for God to save me,
and my God will certainly hear me.
I also like Psalm 38:15:
For I am waiting for you, O Lord.
You must answer for me, O Lord my God.
I know how some of you feel though.  You’ve been taught that you’re supposed to respect God and not demand anything from Him, and rightfully we should respect God.  However, if you ask a question, then shouldn’t you expect an answer?  Afterall, most of us don’t make a habit of asking random questions.  In prayer, sometimes you ask God a question:  “When will I get married?  Is it ok to date this person?  How am I going to get the money for x?  Are you listening to me??  Can you show me that you’re there?”  All valid questions that deserve an answer.  I don’t think the Lord will think we’re being rude and disrespectful if we expect Him to answer, right?  He’s probably think we were playing games if we didn’t!  Don’t be afraid to wait for God expectantly!
Missed what this series is about?  Check out the introduction!