Melanie Lenow: Don’t Be Silent in Your Relationship With God

What do you do when faced with a frustrating situation? Have you ever tried to make your point and people just won’t listen? Have you ever expected something to happen, only to be disappointed once again? Been relentlessly targeted as a scapegoat or overlooked for someone else?

For better or for worse, I usually go silent amidst a time of frustration. Usually this works to my benefit, stepping away from the situation, gathering my thoughts, and only responding if necessary and hopefully in an appropriate way.

However, there is one relationship where silence does not solve anything. That is in our relationship with the Lord.

If the Lord convicts me of an area of sin in my life or if I am not understanding what He is doing in a situation, or if I grow weary in the waiting, frustration wells up within me. “Fine. I’ll just step away,” my heart says, cowering from the uncomfortable nudging of the Lord through His Holy Spirit.

Yet, away is the exact opposite direction I need to be going. When the Lord nudges me or stretches me or upsets my comfortable sin, I must realize His workings and then run fully toward Him. This is where we find David in Psalm 143, which begins with three requests he made to the Lord.

The first request David makes is, “Lord, hear my prayer.”

If David teaches us anything through his life and through his writings, it is to call out to the Lord. Make your requests, no matter how big or small the topic, trivial or life-changing.

Sometimes I find myself worrying sick over something before I realize I haven’t even talked to the Lord about it. Yes, He knows my heart, but how much more does He want to hear from me? There is no time day or night, mid-day or midnight that is off-limits to talk with God. He promises throughout Scripture that He will hear us. Take Him at His word. Be like David and make your requests known to Him who controls and creates everything.

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Source: Baptist Press