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It is easy to be identified as having a longing soul especially during times of grief, the holiday season and other events that can cause frustration and unfulfilled needs. This can become an entrapment that makes life seem unbearable. Usually the longing soul focuses on self-gratifying things, things of a temporal nature, compatible companionship and camaraderie, which cannot bring long-lasting satisfaction to a longing soul. Signs of a “longing” soul are running about, rushing and running to and fro, eager or greedy, thirsty, and yearning for more. The search for fulfillment is usually in temporal things that depreciate in value, or running to that individual you hope will satisfy the need you have to feel loved and secure. Unfortunately, none of these will satisfy the longing soul. The depth of the longing soul is beyond our comprehension and certainly greater than what we perceive as our greatest need. God never meant for another human being to take His place; to satisfy that part of us designed for Him.
The longing soul can only be satisfied by the One who created it, breathed life into it–the Giver and Sustainer of life. Truth is we can experience temporary and short-term satisfaction, but only God can give complete, long lasting, eternal satisfaction.
Sometimes we think we know what we are longing for, but more than likely, we really do not know. All we know is that something is missing–there is a deep void within, an emptiness that screams to be filled like a hungry infant at feeding time. Let me assure you that God knows what you’re longing for even if you do not. After all, He created you and He knows all things about you. He wants to fill your soul with Himself through the “life-giving” Spirit. Let us pray!
Prayer for the Longing Soul:
Father, You are Creator of the Universe, which is beyond our comprehension; yet You are so concerned about all mankind that you have a plan to implant Yourself in us that we can live eternally. This too is beyond our comprehension; so it is by faith that we accept Your plan. Father, I pray for those who are searching, running to and fro, thirsty for fulfillment that only comes from You. Your word in Psalm 107:9 declares that You satisfies the longing soul. Father, I pray for those who are unfulfilled, looking to people and temporal things to satisfy and meet a need that You want to meet. I pray for those who are desperate for companionship, and overwhelmed by life’s challenges. Lord, I pray that they invite you into their heart so that You can satisfy their thirsty soul. Only through an intimate relationship with You can we enjoy the abundant life that comes through faith in Your Son, Jesus Christ.
Father, our faith is in You; You are faithful to keep Your Word. Thank You, Father, for satisfying the longing (thirsty); in Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen.
Listen to my prayer, O God.
Do not ignore my cry for help!
2 Please listen and answer me,
for I am overwhelmed by my troubles.
3 My enemies shout at me,
making loud and wicked threats.
They bring trouble on me
and angrily hunt me down.
My heart pounds in my chest.
The terror of death assaults me.
5 Fear and trembling overwhelm me,
and I can’t stop shaking.
6 Oh, that I had wings like a dove;
then I would fly away and rest!
7 I would fly far away
far from this wild storm of hatred.
Life happens! Day after day or week after week there is something to deal with that can cause overwhelming anguish.
Have you ever felt like God was ignoring your cry for help? Have you ever felt like God doesn’t care about your troubles?
I know I’m not the only one that has felt like the psalmist in the above Scriptures. Have you ever just wanted to get away from it all—ESCAPE? That would be the easy way out…fly away from it all. But notice what the psalmist said, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove; then I would fly away and rest! I would fly far away far from this wild storm of hatred.” But the truth is we don’t have wings like a dove to fly away! Since we don’t have wings flying away is not an option to escape from troubles. Just in case you’re thinking suicide is a way of escape….No! It’s an easy way out with eternal damnation (Judas, the son of perdition, Jesus’ betrayer, Matthew 27:3-5, John 17:12), and leaves an overwhelming burden on others to feel guilty and responsible for your lack of faith and feelings of hopelessness and despair due to life’s troubles. Don’t let the cares of life, guilt from past mistakes make you take the easy way out! Fight for your life and surrender your all to Christ…He loves you even if you “feel” like He does. It’s by faith that you receive His gift of salvation, not by feelings.
So how do you deal with troubles? How do you deal with the violence and wickedness you see? How do you handle broken relationship—friends who are now your enemies? Although it may feel as if God is ignoring you, believe that He hears and will answer. Don’t stop believing; don’t stop praying. Do just as the psalmist said in verse sixteen, “But I will call on God, and the LORD will rescue me. Morning, noon, and night I cry out in my distress and the LORD hears my voice.” And he continues in verse twenty-two, “Give your burdens to the LORD, and He will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.”
Jesus Christ is our example. Judas was His friend turned enemy and betrayed Him. Jesus was overwhelmed with anguish in the Garden of Gethsemane, but He continued to cry out to Father. But more important, Jesus committed Himself to the Father, who rescued Him (Luke 23:46), and rewarded Him. And, because Jesus was rescued and rewarded, we reap the benefits (Isaiah 53:10-12).
Yes! Life happens! Day after day, week after week there is something to deal with that can cause overwhelming anguish, but as Believers in the all-powerful God, we continue to cry out for help, and believe He will rescue us. Our escape has already been provided. Our life is hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3). We don’t live on feelings, we live by faith in the Son of God
Persist in prayer!