Dear Friends of "Dial Daily Bread,"
The Lord Jesus says to each one of us personally, "I have loved you with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you" (Jer. 31:3).
That is personal, individual, intimate love; not cold, electronic "love." It's the love of a Father--our heavenly Father. It's as intimate, close, and personal as any earthly father's love can be; only far more so.
Some people feel that they have never known an earthly father's love; what can the dear Lord do for them? Truthfully, none of us have ever had a human father who could perfectly portray the love of our heavenly Father, for us. So, let no one be the least discouraged if you have never known an earthly father's love: kneel, and make a choice to believe what you cannot see. He will respond to that prayer!
The dear heavenly Father will not forsake you, or neglect your prayer. He has already loved you with "an everlasting love," now ask Him to grant you the spiritual eyesight, the discernment, to recognize the gift He has already given you. If His love is "everlasting," that means that He loved you while you were still in your mother's womb. He was working on you even then, with that love.
Please read Psalm 139: it is devoted to the pre-natal influence that the Holy Spirit exerted on your behalf. The "everlasting love" of the Lord Jesus is very real; now let your own choice be to respond to that love, to thank Him for it, to ask forgiveness where you have doubted it.
Such a prayer comes "out of the depths" of your soul: "Out of the depths have I cried to You, O Lord" (Psalm 130:1). And immediately comes His assurance: "There is forgiveness with You, that You may be feared [reverenced]" (vs. 4).
Now, make Psalm 139 your own; may millions of prayers rise based on that blessed psalm.
--Robert J Wieland
From the "Dial Daily Bread" Archive: April 14, 2009.
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