The power of 'shava'

'...I...cried out to my God; he heard my voice...' Psalm 18:6 NKJV

In his book, The Power Of Crying Out, Bill Gothard writes: 'The most significant difference between the prayers of God's people in Scripture (so powerfully effective) and our prayers today (so seemingly ineffective) is this: there was a fervency in the prayer of biblical saints - a fervency that is inherent in crying out. When we grasp this fact, the pages of scripture come alive with sound!'

The Oxford dictionary defines 'fervent' as: 'having or displaying passionate intensity.' King David says: '...I called upon the Lord, and cried out to my God; he heard my voice...' (Psalm 18:6 NKJV), and '...I called to you for help and you healed me' (Psalm 30:2 NIV). The Hebrew word for David's outcry is shava, a higher pitched cry for help.

A true father hears his children's cries, and lovingly responds. In the same way, crying out to God is our impulse, planted within us by the Holy Spirit. John says, 'See how much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are...' (1 John 3:1 NLT). God loves you so much - you should never be embarrassed to call out for his help.

So what now? God longs to be involved in every aspect of your life, especially the messy stuff! Did you know you can also allow the Holy Spirit to cry out from within you? If you're suppressing an urge to cry out to God, you could be quenching the Spirit of God? If so, it's time to make a change; forget your inhibitions and start to 'shava.'

Soulfood: Eccl 11:7 - 12:1, Ps 39:4-13, Jas 4:14, Jas 4:14

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