…a simple four-word prayer. If this prayer is meditated upon, faith will grow. Many believe that when they grow thirsty for God, they need to pray more, read the Bible more, worship or attend church more. And although these things will encourage our faith walk, sometimes we must learn to be still and listen. When God seems far away, when God’s words lay limp on the pages of the bible, please take heart. Do not feel guilty for not praying correctly, for not reading the right bible passage, for not seeking Him out correctly. Guilt debilitates and causes many to give up the search. How can faith be restored in a dry season?
While we are fervently searching for God, He is standing in front of us knocking at the door of our heart. In fact, God tells us to just be still and acknowledge Him (Ps.46:10). Once the heart is still and void of all clamor, we may be able to hear the distinct sound of His knock. Once we hear, then we can open the door. He will come and replenish us with His presence (Rev.3:20). A simple, yet meaningful way to answer His call is through the prayer “Come, Lord Jesus Come!”
One more illustration is the story of Martha and Mary (Lk 10:38-42), two sisters. Martha invites Jesus to eat dinner with them. Martha is distracted by all the preparations that need to be made, while Mary is contently sitting at Jesus’ feet, listening to Him. Martha, frustrated, asks Jesus to tell Mary to help her. Jesus then rebukes her by pointing out her distractedness, and praises Mary for sitting still and listening to Him. Why do we hustle about and fill ourselves with loud clamor, when we could simply sit at His feet, and soak in every single word He says? Like any teacher, He loves a teachable heart.