September 20, 2020 – Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Seek the LORD while he may be found (Isaiah 55:6)
Note: The following is an excerpt from a post on the desiringGod.org website:
If you set yourself to seek the Lord this morning, or tonight in the stillness of your room or under the stars, the first thing you will do is call on the Lord. The religious word for this is “pray.”
But many people feel that they can’t pray. They feel that it takes a lot of Bible knowledge to know how to say things just right. And that it takes a certain way with words, so you don’t sound too coarse or too casual. Or that you have to have a personal relationship with God before you can pray. So the word “pray” throws up all kinds of obstacles for some people.
Well it is not used here. The word is “call”! And that is part of our everyday language, just like it was then. We call the waiter. We call a friend on the telephone. We call for help on 911 like that little boy whose dad had a seizure because his blood sugar was gone.
The first thing we do to seek the Lord is call to him. We might use words like these: “O God, help me!” Or: “God, if you are really there, show me!” Or: “O God, I need you, come and save me, forgive me, make me new.” Or: “Father, I need your guidance, show me the way to go.”
You don’t need a high school diploma to call for help. A child can do it. And that is the first step in what it means to seek the Lord.