Devotional: From the Ends of the Earth

Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer.
From the ends of the earth I call to you, I
call as my heart grows faint . . .
Psalm 61:1–2

Those words have a very special meaning for me. They were given to me by the Holy Spirit during a period of crisis in my life and at a very precise time and place. I was facing great personal disappointment and sorrow. It seemed indeed that the waves and billows of God were going over my soul. I was on my way from the United States to hold a series of meetings in Australia. Seated in a jet aeroplane six miles above the Pacific, I opened my Bible at random to the words, “From the ends of the earth I call to you.” I thought to myself, “That’s remarkable.That’s exactly where I’m headed—the ends of the earth.” (Australia is in the area of the earth farthest from the place where the psalmist wrote these words.) Then I asked myself, “Why am I going there? What is God’s purpose?”

I read the verse through again: “From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint.” I realised that in His infinite wisdom God was taking me all that long journey, not merely to preach to others, but, even more important, to give myself to prayer in a situation where I was separated by thousands of miles from the immediate pressures of my problem—where I could wait upon God without distraction.

There came a special week when I spent the greater part of each day in prayer. As I called to God from the ends of the earth, He sovereignly intervened in my situation. By the time I returned to the United States, every problem had been resolved, every barrier removed. The way was open for me to move forward in God’s plan for my life.

Faith’s Response

Do You have a prayer appointment with me, Lord, that You are waiting for me to keep?

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