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Cry out!

Posted by Brandon Patton on Thursday, November 29, 2018 @ 8:56 AM

"He was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, "Lord save me!" Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him.

 Matthew 14:30b-31a

This is going to sound so simple I almost hesitate to write it. From this scripture I learn that when I am in a storm or face a problem I should cry out to Jesus to help me. Did I really need to tell you that? My experience over the years involving people and myself is that when we have a problem or need we will do everything but cry out to Him. We will talk to people about it. We will seek counseling about it. We will spend countless hours worrying and  thinking about it. (which is one of the greatest wastes of time I know of) What is it about us that we will not "Take it to the Lord in prayer" first thing? Is it because we think that our needs and problems are too big for Him to handle? Beyond His ability? Is it that we think He doesn't care? Seems like someone that crucified His Son to help me would be concerned about other things. Is it that we don't want to bother Him with our little stuff since He is busy with the big stuff like running the universe? Are we ashamed to go to Him having failed again? Or is it that stubborn human pride that doesn't like to humble itself and ask for help? Did you notice that Jesus did not help Simon in his mess until Simon cried out? Lesson? No matter how much He cares about our lives and needs He will not intervene until we ask Him to. He is a faith God. "Call on me and I will answer you" Jer. 33:3. "Ask and it shall be given you" Luke 11:9. "You will call and the Lord will answer, you will cry and He will say, here I am" Isaiah 58:9. These are a few of the many times in His Word where He admonishes us to call on Him. When you look at His invitation to handle our problems how foolish is it not to cry out to Him? Look at His track record. Moses at the Red sea. Daniel facing hungry lions. The three Hebrew boys thrown into the furnace. Simon sinking. He's really good at this. I believe that satan will point us in every direction for help in our time of need except up. He will do everything in his infernal power to stop us from crying out to our God. He knows what will happen. Lets resolve to do what He says and "cast all of your cares on Him because He cares for you". When the next crisis comes (and it will) find you  a quiet place, get on your knees and "pour out your heart to Him" (Psalms 62:8). "Oh what peace we often forfeit, oh what needless pain we bear, all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer".    

"Lord, save me!" 

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