You’ve probably heard people pray for God to be with them especially when they are struggling and going through a hard time. You’ve heard people ask God to be with a Christian in the hospital or be with their friend going through a hard time. I’m going to challenge you, though. Why do you ask God to be with you? Do you think He isn’t with you right now? Do you doubt His love for you?
Isaiah 41:10 “fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Joshua 1:4 “No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you.”
Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Next time you pray and catch yourself asking God to be with you during this troubling time, remember what you are actually saying. You are basically saying that you don’t believe God is already with you when He has promised you that He wouldn’t leave you. Maybe that’s why you are feeling down. When you don’t feel God’s presence and don’t recognize His presence, things can feel much worse than they typically would otherwise. Think through what you are praying. When you pray for someone else who might be going through some troubling times, instead of praying that God be with them, why don’t you try praying that they will feel His presence? He is present. He is there. He’s there when you need Him and He’s there when others need Him.
Psalm 34:18 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.