Psalm 102:16-17 NKJV – Regard our prayers, Oh Lord

For the Lord shall build up Zion; He shall appear in His glory. He shall regard the prayer of the destitute, And shall not despise their prayer.

Have you ever been in a low and broken state? Have you ever felt weak, poorly in spirit, desolate from everything that is good, or stripped of all that can keep you afloat? I know that I have. There have been times that because of poor choices or wrong decisions, I found myself crying out at the end of the day. It wasn’t just simple complaining or just feeling mad that I had gotten myself in trouble again. It was crying out, falling on my knees, and feeling desperate. Like I heard someone say one time, “I’m at the lowest of my lows.”

It happens to the best of us. It happens to the strongest of us. And when it’s happened to me, I found myself bruised and battered. I’ve felt that I wanted to give up.

But I have something to tell you. It’s in these times of brokenness and lowly spirit that we capture God’s attention. When our circumstances drive us to our knees in pain and heartbreak that we cry out, it’s then that God looks graciously upon us. It’s a low and broken spirit which God looks for, in all who draw nigh to Him. “The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit.” (Psalm 34:18 NKJV) God will regard our prayers. He will value our prayers and return an answer of peace to them.

I find it hard to remember sometimes that we have an advocate with the Father and His Name is Jesus. I’m just being honest here. Sometimes I let my circumstances take over my mind, my thoughts, every part of my emotions and I feel left outside and alone. That there was no one who would even listen. But we must remember that we are never alone. God is always with us. And we have an advocate that hears our cries and our pleadings and intercedes for us to our Heavenly Father. “Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.” (Hebrews 7:25 NKJV)

God desires that we come to Him in our time of need. Especially in times of grave need. When the world seems to be collapsing around us and we simply feel there’s nothing left. It’s in these times when all that is left is God, God’s heart is moved and He regards our prayers. Because, it’s Jesus Himself, who’s petitioning His Father on our behalf. The Power of God working in the Power of God to bring an answer to our needs. Jim Cymbala said in his book, Breakthrough Prayer, “The Lord accomplishes His purposes in cooperation and partnership with His people.” I embrace that and know that God desires to care for His own. “…casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”(1 Peter 5:7 NKJV)

Friend, when you are facing grave circumstances and the only choice is God to get you through; humble yourself in prayer and God will regard your prayer and NOT despise it.

Thank You Lord, for the promises of Your Word. Thank You, that in our times of grave need, when we are broken before You, our prayers capture Your attention. Thank You, Jesus for being my intercessor; the One who brings my prayers to the Father Himself. Glory to God! Help me to always remember that I’m never alone and that You are always near to hear and answer my prayers. Forgive me, Lord, when I cast You aside and forget of Your everlasting love for me and Your desire to care for me. In Jesus Name. AMEN.

Don’t believe me, believe God!

2 thoughts on “Psalm 102:16-17 NKJV – Regard our prayers, Oh Lord

  1. This prayer devotional has come at the right time in my life when am languishing in sadness, hopelessness and grief. I am so aggrieved but I have been too proud to get down on my knees, deep inside I know that it is what I must do. I have been struggling with my troubles and this morning I said enough. I realised I must make myself humble before God. This prayer spoke right to my heart and it felt like it was speaking directly to me, like it was meant for me. God truly does come to us at our time of greatest need. Thank you so much and I hope you work miracles in other people too. God bless you. I would love to read more….

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