God, listen to my cry; pay attention to my prayer! When my heart is weak,  I cry out to you from the very ends of the earth. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I am because you have been my refuge,  a tower of strength in the face of the enemy. Please let me live in your tent forever! Please let me take refuge in the shelter of your wings! ~Psalm 61:1-4 (CEB)

Some things are universal. Hunger and thirst for God are one of them. The Bible reminds us that we were not only made to yearn for God but also that God yearns for us too.

If this is the case though, why do our hunger and thirst so often go unsatisfied?

Jesus is our best example. Even though his journey toward God was without blemish, he found it necessary to go aside to rest and to pray again and again. And in the midst of the great needs of the people around them, Jesus called the disciples to come away by themselves to rest. From that times of rest, they were thrust back into the ministry of caring for the needs of the crowds that followed Jesus.

This is how to satisfy my need for God by establishing a time for daily prayer, reflection and regular worship in a community. The only way to fulfill the longing is to “be still” so that I can “know” Him.

Heavenly Father, Thank You for listening to me and hearing me when I pray. Lead me to a rock that is higher than I am because You are my refuge and strength. Lead me in the way I need to go this day. Amen.

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