Answer to prayer seems distant…are you ignoring the destitute?

Scripture: Whoever shuts their ears to the cry of the poor will also cry out and not be answered. – Proverbs 21:13

Observation:
Many times people will walk right past a person in need on the street and think nothing of ignoring that person. They don’t want to get involved in other people’s lives. Well, the LORD says that those who ignore the cries of help from the poor and destitute will also cry out and not be heard. Hmmmmm!

Application:
Are your prayers seemingly going unanswered lately? Could it be that you’ve done something that triggered silence from God? Peter tells us husbands that we are to love our wives and respect them as the “weaker” (physically) vessel. If we don’t respect our wives, then our prayers can be hindered. Accordingly, for all believers, if we see the homeless and unfortunate on the street and do nothing, then James tells us that we have no faith at all. It’s cruel to tell someone in need to be blessed and go on like nothing is wrong. Solomon even went so far as to say that those who ignore the needs of the poor will cry out in their times of need and will not be heard.

During this holiday season of Christmas and the coming New Year, let us open our hearts and ears and eyes to the less fortunate around us. So often during this time of year, people get caught up in the exchange of gifts and merry-making that they never stop to consider those who are really in need. Many homeless people could use a warm meal or a warm piece of clothing. I am sure that all of us, who have plenty, could take the time to inventory our closets and pantries and find more than enough to share with the needy.

Therefore, let us extend grace and love and compassion toward those who are in true physical need. Jesus extends grace to us daily to live the Christian life as a witness of Him to this lost world. Jesus also says we are to let our light shine in the world so that men may see our good deeds and glorify the Father. Will you let the light of Jesus shine through you this holiday season? Why not share something you have with someone in need? Why not be the light of Christ and reflect the true reason for the season – Jesus giving His all for humanity! He said that if we offer a cup of water or morsel of food or clothing or visit the shut-ins, we have done that unto Him. Let’s bless Jesus by giving to others who are really in need.

Prayer:
Father, I thank You for allowing me to cross paths with the homeless gentleman on the corner down the street from my office. He approached people as they passed by for money, but most ignored him and went on their way as if he were merely another annoyance to avoid. He approached me likewise, but I had no money to offer. However, I had an orange in my pocket that I had not eaten. At first he started to refuse the fruit, but after a little coaxing, he gladly accepted the orange and began to consume it immediately. I am glad that I was able to help someone in need even if it wasn’t that much. It may have been the only food he had all day. He blessed me as I blessed him. May Your name be lifted up in times like this one. I pray one small act of kindness led to coming blessings for him. Thank You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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