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Daily Encouragements

BY BENNIE McWHA

January 9

A Prayer-Answering God – Psalm 4

To whom do you pray?
When you were small, did you learn to pray the common child’s prayer, “Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take”? Did you know what you were praying? Did you believe God would protect you while you slept?
When we lived in Japan, my wife and I saw many people going to visit Shinto shrines. I once asked a well-educated friend, whose husband was a doctor, “When you go to the shrine, to whom do you pray? What is behind the curtains?” She said, “I don’t know.” I asked, “Then why do you go there to pray? Do you think it does any good?” She answered, “I don’t know. I am so desperate, and I hope it will help some way.”
This lady was seeking help from delusions and hoping that a false god would help her. Several years later she finally trusted in Jesus Christ as her Savior. She learned to pray, “Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer” (v. 1). She learned to trust God and believe that He would answer her prayers.
I have, no doubt, been guilty of taking God for granted. I have been taught about the Lord since I was born. I cannot remember the first time I began learning about Him. However, I clearly remember when I first understood that it was important for me to trust in Him. I have learned that He is always faithful to hear and answer my prayers. I have learned that I can trust Him in every situation. Have you trusted Jesus as your Savior? Are you able to trust Him in all situations?
Since I have learned to trust Him, I have become more grateful to Him. The better I know Him, the more grateful I become, and the less I take Him for granted. I praise Him that no matter what is happening in the world or around me, I can lie down at night with peace in my heart and confidence that He will take care of me. If I should die before I awaken, I am confident that He will take me to be with Himself!
“I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety” (v. 8).