Pentecost 25, Friday, Year C

Inspired by Psalm 17:1-9

“I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God; incline your ear to me, hear my words.  Wondrously show your steadfast love, O savior of those who seek refuge from their adversaries at your right hand.”  Psalm 17:6-7 (NRSV)

Why do we pray to the Lord?  Because we know that he will hear us and answer.

God is often portrayed as being far away in heaven, separated from all the strife and turmoil here on earth.  It’s true that he does indeed dwell in heaven, but he’s also here, in the midst of our pain, joy, and all our mundane goings-on.  He comforts us in our sorrows, he celebrates with us in our jubilation, and he keeps us going when we’re not sure if we can or even if we want to.

When we call out to our Lord, we can do so with confidence in his presence and in his love.  Sometimes all we have to do is turn our hearts to him, and we’ll realize that he’s already right there with us, saving us even as we seek his refuge.

Let us pray.  God of wondrous love, you are never far from us.  Grant us the confidence to call upon you with expectation, that we may draw ever nearer to your presence and your grace.  Through Christ our Lord, Amen.