Psalm 145:18 The Lord is near to all who call upon Him,
To all who call upon Him in truth. (NKJV)
I have a confession to make that will either endear me to you or leave you scratching your head: I have….. six cats. (I only had one for many years, but this changed after a meandering mommy cat with kittens in tow nestled her way into our yard, hearts, and eventually our home.) Ninety-nine percent of the time when they communicate, I can identify not only which cat it is, but what the particular vocalization means. I am spot-on not just because I know them, and I deliver not only because I can, but because I love them and am desirous to meet their needs. So it is and even how much more so is it with our heavenly Father where we’re concerned! The analogy pales in comparison, but suffices, I trust.
Christ said it well when He reasoned from the lesser to the greater that “if you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” (Matthew 7: 11, NKJV). So not only does our good Father hear His children, He responds to our exact need according to His extraordinary riches, matchless love, unparalleled character, perfect omniscience, and mighty omnipotence. Our understanding High Priest, Jesus, sympathizes with us (Hebrews 4:15), and the Holy Spirit intercedes for us (Romans 8:26).
So what’s your prayer today? Although ultimately we ought to rejoice and give thanks (1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18), sometimes we need to process emotions and thoughts to get authentically to that point. Regardless, God meets us where we genuinely are – not where we pretend to be as He operates solely in the realm of truth.
So, whether it’s a “yowl” of complaint, a “hiss” of dislike, a “call” for help, a “yelp” of pain, a “wail” of grief, a “meow” of supplication, or a “purr” of praise, contentment, or gratitude, our perfect Heavenly Dad hears all and knows not only us, but our needs better than we do. And He alone will engineer and orchestrate the “purr”fect solution. So get in your prayer closet and let the cat out of the bag: Just make sure it doesn’t get your tongue!
Melissa Smith is the Women of Character Coordinator at America’s Keswick. She has the privilege and honor of ministering to the colony men’s wives and girlfriends, the Barbara’s Place women, and some women from the community who God brings to America’s Keswick for help or care. She and Bill, her husband of 18 years, have four adopted children ages 17 to 24. Her fervent desire is to point women to Christ and His sufficiency, provision, and promises.