One Monday April morning almost a decade ago, 29 coal miners died deep underground in West Virginia following an explosion of coal dust and methane gas. For a while there was hope that four of the men had survived in a special chamber 1300 feet below the ground. Had they survived however, their calls for help would likely not have been heard without very special equipment designed to detect the faint sounds of tapping deep under the earth in response to the detonation of a prescribed number of charges of dynamite on the surface.
Sometimes we are tempted to feel that calling out to God in the day of overwhelming trouble is about like that, almost totally ineffective. But I want to encourage you, because I believe that as never before, now is the time to call on God to bring spiritual renewal and healing to our lives, and to breathe fresh life into the churches of our nation.
Three thousand years ago, a great king who had faced the hostility of enemy forces, and betrayal by trusted friends and members of his own family, found God to be as close as the mention of His name. He put it this way:
“The LORD is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear Him; He hears their cry and saves them.” Psalm 145:18-19 NIV
Whatever we face, there is never a worry that God will not hear us, if we call on Him. There is but one condition however. We must call on Him in truth. Jesus said:
“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6 NIV
The door of access to the Father’s throne is narrow, but that door is open to anyone and everyone who seeks it. The arms of Christ are opened wide to welcome all who come to Him in faith, and those who come to Him will have His ear!