The other night, my husband and I prayed together. Before praying, we like to read Scriptures to set our focus on the Truth of the Word of God. We use a deck of cards with verses on them to do so. That evening, without much thinking, I picked the first card on the pack and read it aloud: The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. (Psalm 34:17, NIV)
Then we began to pray. While we prayed, I felt so out of place. I mean, who can boast of being a righteous person? Not me. I did not feel like I measured up. Deep in my heart I secretly thought the verse simply applied to those who had it more together. Have you ever felt this way? Felt like your prayers couldn’t really make it to God because you did not deserve it?
Who is the righteous? The Bible tells us that the righteous is the one who puts his/her trust in Jesus. That’s who the Lord hears and delivers out of their troubles. Being righteous is not about what you do, but what He’s done for you and in you.
“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:21, NIV)
Trusting God means opening our hearts to Him with all that bothers us. “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7, NIV) Will you get an instant response? Yes. He will not leave you like this. He will give you rest for your soul. Here’s His personal invitation to you: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28, NIV) Will your issues be instantly fixed? Maybe not, but what God gives is greatly superior to any quick fix we would like to get. Why not pray now!?
Have you put your trust in Jesus? Did you ever get right with God?
If you’d like to do so today, pray the following prayer:
God, I believe that Jesus is Your Son. That He paid the price for my wrong doing.
I realize that I need You. I want to get right with You.
Forgive me for my sins. Make me new for You.
Show me Your way. In Jesus’ Name.