30 Days of Prayer Day 16: An Honest Conversation: Psalm 42

Day 16

As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? My tears have been my food day and night,
while people say to me all day long, “Where is your God?”
These things I remember as I pour out my soul: how I used to go to the house of God under the protection of the Mighty One with shouts of joy and praise among the festive throng.
Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. My soul is downcast within me; therefore I will remember you
from the land of the Jordan, the heights of Hermon—from Mount Mizar. Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me. By day the Lord directs his love, at night his song is with me—a prayer to the God of my life. I say to God my Rock, “Why have you forgotten me? Why must I go about mourning, oppressed by the enemy?” My bones suffer mortal agony as my foes taunt me, saying to me all day long, “Where is your God?”
Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.

Psalm 42


No matter how close to the Lord we are, there is always a longing for more. We instinctively know that we are not experiencing the fullness of our relationship with Him yet. When life is hard, that feeling often gets worse. Our relationship with Him begins to feel like a giant game of Marco Polo. We think that if we do the right things or say the right things we will experience all that we desire. In those spaces, how should we respond? The psalmist decided that the best way to combat a downcast heart is to remind himself of his hope in God and to worship Him. This side of the cross we can say that our response is to "preach the Gospel" to ourselves. To remind our hearts of his bigness, his grace, his mercy, and to worship Him. Even though we don't feel Him. 

Maybe you are feeling that longing today. You want more of Him. more of his presence, more of His peace, more of His life. Ask Him! Trust that He is greater than our feelings and that He is with us.
Jesus told us that we are blessed when we hunger and thirst for Him. Thank Him for the blessing of desire. Pray for the strength and perseverance to relentlessly pursue Him, to taste His goodness and enjoy His presence. 

Feel free to comment below about how God is meeting you in your prayer time