Psalm 88:1-2 NKJV – And he cried out both day and night

O Lord, God of my salvation, I have cried out day and night before You.  Let my prayer come before You; incline Your ear to my cry.

The psalmist knew God as his Savior.  And he proclaims to continually commune with Him, “I have cried out day and night before You.”  Yet, he continues to plead for God to turn toward him in his time of need.

This isn’t different than most of us in our time of need; a physical suffering, anguish or pain.  Or even a spiritual sense that we are separated from our Lord; a dry season when we feel God is nowhere to be found.  I think most of us will admit to being there and maybe crying out both day and night.  We feel personally powerless and we may even lose our enthusiasm for continuing on.

But as the psalmist knew, he had a Savior to go to when he faced the worst of problems. (You really need to read all of Psalm 88)  He knew he couldn’t stop praying.  Scripture commends a life of prayer.  Prayer only needs to be expressed simply with a sincerity of heart and expectation on the part of the one praying to capture God’s supreme attention.  Matthew 6:7-8 says, “And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do.  For they think that they will be heard for their many words. Therefore do not be like them.  For your Father knows the things you need of before you ask Him.”

Friend, the psalmist knew God yet continued to pray both day and night.  He was facing a lot of things.  He had faith enough to know he was powerless.  He needed some divine intervention.  So he prayed and he prayed and he prayed.  We, too, need to keep praying.

Prayer embraces God for who He is.  Prayer is conversation with God and connects us with His mighty Power.  Prayer says to God that we know we are powerless and we need His power to get through whatever we are facing.  And God’s power is released through our faith.  “Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” (Mark 9:23 NKJV)  When we face something whether it be a need, a situation, a struggle, or anything we feel powerless against, we need to go to God in prayer.   “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7 NKJV)  The promise in this scripture?  Did you get it?  We receive a free gift; the peace of God which cannot be explained and is greater than our understanding…And it will guard our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.  Guard against what?  Fear, anxiety, worry, doubt, and all the rest of the stuff that the enemy wants us to believe.  So the more we pray, the more of God’s peace we will receive.  Hallelujah!!!

Precious Lord, we thank You for the promises of Your Word.  You promise to never leave us nor forsake us.  Lord You promise that if we believe, nothing is impossible.  Lord You know the things we face, hear our prayer O Lord.  We humbly come before You.  We place all of our needs into Your mighty hands and trust You, Lord.  Lord, we expect that You will answer and that it will be for our good and Your purpose.  Teach us to never give up or give in.  We love You and praise You.  In Jesus Name.  AMEN

Don’t believe me, believe God!

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