Words from the Heart for Monday June 6th, 2016
Answer me when I call to you, O God who declares me innocent. Free me from my troubles. Have mercy on me and hear my prayer.
Psalm 4:1 (NLT)
Crying for God to Answer
It is tempting to start our prayers with the troubles we face. Whatever your trouble – whether emotional, spiritual, or physical, start your prayer by remembering who God is – He is a faithful God who keeps His promises to His people through every age. Resolve to remember that God’s faithfulness is greater than your trouble.
A little girl is credited for saving her own life and that of her parents by crying in the night. When the mother of the 15-month-old girl got up to see what was wrong, she was struck by vertigo and fell back into bed, waking her husband. Her husband complained of the same symptoms and they knew that there was something seriously wrong. The family made their way outside and called 911. They were rushed to Kamloops Royal Inland hospital where they were diagnosed with carbon monoxide poisoning and were given oxygen therapy. But their doctors decided they needed to be flown to Vancouver General Hospital for more specialized treatment. After three sessions and more than six hours spent together in a hyperbaric chamber, the family of three is mostly back to normal.
Human beings try to be strong. We teach our children to stand on their own two feet and in the Joshua 9:1 we read “Have I not commanded you be strong and courageous.” If that command ended there, it would seem that God is telling us to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps and find the strength within us. But the command comes with a promise – God says He would be with the people of Israel wherever they went. And the promise is for us. As hard as we try, there are times in our life when we simply don’t have it in us to stand above the challenges we face. Even King David, one of the most powerful kings in his day, understood that there were times when he needed to call on the Lord God of Israel. In Psalm 4:1 he writes: “Answer me when I call to you, O God who declares me innocent. Free me from my troubles. Have mercy on me and hear my prayer.” Throughout his life, David faced challenges from King Saul, his family and foreign kings. David had learned early on that he didn’t have everything within himself to stand up under the pressure. He also knew that God did have the strength and was willing to always supply what David needed if David would just ask. And He is willing to supply all you need as well. If you are facing a challenge right now that seems beyond your ability, call out to God. He will provide.
These have been words from the heart.