Anyone who wants to approach God must believe both that he exists, and that he cares enough to respond to those who seek him.
[Hebrews 11:6 msg]
You can believe in God, yet lack faith that he cares enough to respond to your heartfelt prayers.
Many people have been disappointed when past prayers weren’t answered, and have come to believe that God doesn’t usually involve himself with people today. They basically believe that God has already done as much as he is ever going to do, and that from here on, it’s up to us to work hard, seize opportunities, and take care of ourselves.
Small wonder that we don’t bother to spend time in prayer! We think that we can manage life without God’s help.
Now, God expects you to work hard to provide for your needs, and he expects you to think hard to solve problems, but he’s still active in the world. He still helps the helpless. Yes, he does care. And yes, he responds to those who earnestly seek him. But you have to continually seek him and not give up.
God, help me to believe not only that you’re there, but that you’re there for me. Help me to diligently seek you and not give up when you don’t answer immediately. Amen.
Fr. Andrew, T.O.R.