Hit By an Avalanche
Saturday, October 19, 2019
“Prayer equips human weakness with divine strength, turns human folly into heavenly wisdom, and gives the peace of God to troubled souls.” – C.H. Spurgeon
“Are you in your office?” I asked my friend, who just happened to be a pastor.
“Sure,” he replied. And then, reading between the lines, he added, “Come on over.”
For the next three hours, I vented my frustrations as this good and godly man sat behind his desk, smiled knowingly, and nodded his head reassuringly. Sure, he interjected some words of encouragement here and there and offered some timely advice as well. But, for the most part, he simply listened quietly as I poured out my heart to him.
When it was all over, I felt exhausted but somewhat liberated… or at least like my heavy burden was a bit lighter and more manageable. On the contrary, my friend probably felt like he’d been hit by an avalanche, but he gave me a big bear hug, nonetheless. And yes, reminded me that he loved me too.
So, here’s my question: If talking to a friend, a pastor, or a brother-in-Christ can ease our burdens and lift our spirits, what can be accomplished by talking to God directly? Charles Spurgeon answers that age-old question better than I ever could in today’s quote.
First, it replaces our weakness with strength from above. Virtually every time I step into a pulpit, I pray that God will remove my jitters, empty “me of me”, and fill me instead with His power and His precious Holy Spirit. And so, whenever I deliver an especially anointed message, He gets the credit… and deservedly so.
Second, prayer turns our human folly into heavenly wisdom by eliminating our “stinking thinking”, and then aligning our thoughts, attitudes, and desires with His. Third, having a heart-to-heart Father and son talk with God calms – and grants peace to – the most troubled of souls.
As the classic Southern Gospel song written by Rev. Cleavant Derricks says: I go to Him in prayer, He knows my every care, and just a little talk with Jesus makes it right.
“…casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” I Peter 5:7 (NKJV)
- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President