April 28


Today’s Scripture Readings: Psalm 61:1-4| Judges 8:18- 9:21| Luke 23:44-24:12| Proverbs 14:9-10

Today’s Scripture Focus:  Psalm 61:1-4

 “Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer” (Psalm 61:1, NIV).  

Like the Psalmist, we often wonder if our prayers are getting through. We want to make sure we have God’s full attention. We cry out, “Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer.”

Sometimes in the process of waiting for the answer “our hearts grow faint” (2). It is easy to get discouraged. It is easy to lose hope.

But know that God is listening. He is the rock we can stand upon (2). He is a place of refuge when we need a place to run to. He is a strong tower to protect us from our foes (3).

He is there to shelter us in his presence and his “wings” (4) are there to protect us and shield us from danger. There is no reason to fear.

We may feel alone, but we are never alone. We may wonder if anyone is listening, but he is always there. Don’t get discouraged. Don’t lose hope.

Open up your heart to God–pour it all out. He listens and he cares.

Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer. You are the rock I run to. You are my strong tower. You are the one who shelters me, protects me. I pour out my heart to you and wait in your presence. Amen.

About pastorjeffsneighborhood

Born and raised in Minnesota, I have served in churches in Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon and California. I am a graduate of Crown College (MN) and George Fox Evangelical Seminary (OR). I have also done additional graduate studies in New Testament Studies at the Center for Advanced Theological Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary (CA). I am also a graduate of the College of Prayer. Having served as the Academic Dean and Program Director at Horizon Institute of Los Angeles for several years, I have returned to the pastorate and serve as Pastor of Big Trees Community Bible Church in Arnold, CA.
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