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When God Seems Silent

April 7, 2020

Read Psalm 22:1-2 (NLT)

My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? Why are you so far away when I groan for help? Every day I call to you, my God, but you do not answer. Every night I lift my voice, but I find no relief.

 
Reflect

Why is it important to keep praying even when we don’t sense God in our lives? In what ways can our emotions deceive us? What can help us to be patient?

In Psalm 22, David felt as if he had gotten a raw deal from God, and he wanted some answers: “Why have you abandoned me? Look at what has happened—I’m so miserable. Why all this cruelty? Why the silence?”

Even though David cried out again and again, God remained silent. His circumstances raise an important question that so many of us have pondered at different seasons of our lives: What should we do when God doesn’t show up? What happens when the Lord doesn’t seem to answer our prayers—when we beg for deliverance, when we suffer … yet all we feel is silence? Should we stop praying altogether? Should we stop believing that prayer makes a difference? Answer: Absolutely NOT!

Even when life is caving in around us, we’ve got to be honest with God. We’ve got to cry out to Him, just as David did. (See Psalm 22.) If you think those words have a familiar ring, you’re right. Jesus repeated some of those very words as He hung on the Cross, dying for our sins. But as we keep reading in Psalm 22 (verses 11-18), it’s almost eerie how David’s metaphorical description of his personal crisis fits the passion of Christ. And just as God was silent when Jesus cried out, the Lord was silent during David’s anguish. But that didn’t stop either of them. Psalm 22 offers us some suggestions about how to pray when we feel as if God just isn’t showing up: Keep talking, disregard feelings, don’t fake it … and be patient.
 

Pray

Lord Jesus, help me to never stop praying. Help me to stay close to You and remember that You are always listening—even during times of silence. Amen.
Portions of this study were adapted from Michael Ross, Prayer (Uhrichsville.: Barbour, 2016). Pastor and writer Greg Asimakoupoulos contributed to this devotional entry.    



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a year ago
When God is silent I read God's word and pray differently each time I pray, he will answer in a way you at least expected way.
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a year ago
DEAR HEAVENLY FATHER;JESUS YOU ALREADY KNOW ME & WHAT IVE BEEN THROUGH HELP ME & MY FAMILY THROUGH WITH YOUR WILL BECAUSE YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE THAT REALLY CARES FOR US ;your child;Virginia r.gomez Garcia & my family;etc;IN JESUS NAME;ThankyouJesus@
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a year ago
MISS YOU@
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a year ago
Lord, help me "to be still and know that You are God," even in those times when I think You are silent. Thank You that You are omnipresent and is in control.
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a year ago
I know there have been many times when I felt like David. However even in this time of sickness with the
coronavirus I am very much at peace. I know God will take care of me.
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a year ago
Praying for you!
a year ago
Father God I’m crying! We’re all crying ! People are suffering and dying! People are losing their jobs because of this wretched virus ! I know you hear our cries and prayers! Only you can heal this nation and world! I pray that those who don’t know you come to you and seek salvation and repentance ! Help us father! In Jesus name I pray Amen
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a year ago
Almighty God holy and awesome are you Lord we have done wickedly and departing from you our nation is in sorrow we are over done and have no Escape but we remember your mercy remember the day that your grace was upon us and ask that you would forgive us of our sins and turn to you wholeheartedly we pray for our nation we stand in the gap and ask that you would forgive our sins cleanse us of all unrighteousness and turn the hearts of the people the hearts of our rulers turn unto you father we hide not one sin from you for our sins that are sexual are lies our deceptions Lord God are making Wicked laws and being deceitful in so many ways we have hated we have killed we have destroyed we have done no good we hide not one sin from you and ask that you would again have mercy on us that you would again look down from heaven and turn us Lord from our Wicked ways that you might heal our land in Jesus name
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