A friend of mine had a kidney stone during the Christmas holidays and tells me that he spent a lot of time in prayer during his time of misery.
Of course, during times like these we are so happy that a verse like Hebrews 4:16 is real in the life of the believer. That verse tells us, “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
We have all been in those situations where we call on God in our time of stress or grief or loss. We call out in urgency to the God who ministers to us so wondrously.
But as I contemplate this verse, I think the key is that we are in a “time of need” for Jesus Christ in our lives all the time.
Written by Annie S. Hawks in 1872, the old song “I Need Thee Every Hour” hammers home this point:
“I need Thee every hour, in joy or pain;
Come quickly and abide, or life is vain.”
We tend not to realize our total dependency on God when things are going well; that’s the nature of being human. It is not until life drags us down that we tend to fall on our faces and call out to Him. And in His loving kindness and patience, He loves us and works within us despite ourselves.
I would like to propose that as a New Year dawns, this marks the perfect time to recommit ourselves to being daily, hourly reliant upon the One who has Saved us.
How do we do this?
Simply put, we need to commit to a daily time of drawing away with God for Bible study, prayer and deep communion with the Father. I believe this is the key to victorious Christian living.
Life is certainly hectic, as I have noted in this column. I face daily challenges to my time with God just like you do. But I believe it is incumbent on the believer to have that purposeful time of daily devotion, of getting alone with God on a personal basis. Nothing satisfies the soul like intimacy with Jesus.
Andrew Murray said this: “It is a glorious thing to get to know God in a new way in the inner chamber. It is something still greater and more glorious to know God as the all-sufficient One and to wait on His Spirit to open our hearts and minds wide to receive the great things, the new things which He really longs to bestow on those who wait for Him.”
That’s the life of the believer that I want for myself and for my family.
I would urge you, as this New Year approaches, to make a commitment to daily communion with God. May each of us understand that we desperately need that time alone with Him in order to grow, mature and become able servants of the King.
I pray that this New Year brings you much joy and incredible blessings that you cannot now even begin to imagine. God bless you.