October 19, 2023

Needing God

Daily Devotional2 Minutes

“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”—Hebrews 4:16 NIV

Even as a young girl, Annie Hawks wrote poems that expressed her faith in God. This relationship blossomed as she grew older.

One day when she was 37, she was going about normal activities when suddenly she felt a special sense of closeness to Jesus. She described being “filled with the sense of nearness to the Master.” At that moment, she realized that she could not live without Him.

Words started flowing into her mind that took shape as a poem she called, “I Need Thee Every Hour.” The thought of His presence took “full possession” of her. She didn’t just need Him once in a while, but every hour. Her prayer was, “O, bless me now, my Savior, I come to Thee.”

She realized that He provided protection, and He always was near to her. When He was with her, temptations lost their power. She needed Him all the time, “in joy or pain.” She so depended on Him that without Him “life is in vain.”

Jesus answered her problems: “Teach me Thy will; and Thy rich promises in me fulfill.” He gave her peace unlike anything the world could provide.

You can have this same relationship with Jesus. Ask Him to overwhelm you with His presence. He is right by your side. He is going through your journey with you. Speak to Him often. Call His name and allow Him to fill you with peace and joy.

Reflection Question: Write a prayer asking God to be with you every moment today.

Prayer
Father, I depend upon You for peace, direction, and protection. Fill me with Your presence. I need You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
Hebrews 4

Prayer
Father, I depend upon You for peace, direction, and protection. Fill me with Your presence. I need You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
Hebrews 4