Cry Out Again

17 Cry out again, Thus says the Lord of hosts: My cities shall again overflow with prosperity, and the Lord will again comfort Zion and again choose Jerusalem. ~ Zechariah 1:17

The LORD promises that if we cry out to Him, He will hear us, and He will pour His blessing out on us. We almost take for granted what God is actually saying, though. God isn’t just saying to call on His name but to fully and completely humble ourselves before Him. Often times we think that we can live our lives however we want, ask God for something, and then continue living our lives as if He doesn’t exist. But that isn’t at all how it works.

God desires a relationship with you. He isn’t a genie, and neither does He want to be treated as one. God desires for you to want to spend time with Him and get to know Him. That’s when He will bless you when you’re dwelling in His presence. So, when God tells us to cry out. He’s saying to come before Him. Pour out everything we have at His feet. He wants us to say, “Here I am, God. I’ve tried to do this on my own, and I can’t. I need You. You’re the missing piece to make me whole. Please, God, help me.” That’s what God’s looking for. He doesn’t just want us to call on His name to get stuff. He wants us to call on His so that He can come down to us and dwell in our midst.

LORD God, please help me not to take Your mercy and grace for granted. Teach me to empty myself out before You so that You can fill me. Teach me to seek Your presence, Your Spirit, and Your love above all else. Teach me to seek You first. Help me to not see You as just a genie or a get-out-of-jail-free card. Help me to love You the way You deserve to be loved. In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen.

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