Today’s blog, written by a former staff at Remnant Westside Church in Manhattan, was first posted on September 9, 2013.
Spiritual Food for Thought for the Weekend
“Desperate People Pray Desperately”
Incline your ear, O Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy. 2 Preserve my life, for I am godly; save your servant, who trusts in you—you are my God. 3 Be gracious to me, O Lord, for to you do I cry all the day. 4 Gladden the soul of your servant, for to you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul. 5 For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you. 6 Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer; listen to my plea for grace. 7 In the day of my trouble I call upon you, for you answer me.
In this morning’s Psalm, we are reminded that God hears the cries of the poor and the oppressed. Throughout the Bible, we find that it is in God’s heart to lift up those who are downcast, broken, poor, and oppressed. This strikes against the false mentality and lie that God helps those who can help themselves. The psalmist, seeing his own condition, cries out to the Lord for he knows that God will answer. This is the hope of those who are poor and needy that stirs the faith needed to cry out in boldness.
Are you going through a situation or circumstance of experiencing brokenness or need? Do you know people around you who are? Maybe it’s financial difficulty, wrestling against sin and temptation, or maybe a physical illness. Instead of striving to overcome or experience breakthrough with your own strength, lift up your cries to Him.
This morning, God is reminding you that He is a God whose ear is inclined toward those in need. Remember that God is good and that He is capable. He hears your prayers and will answer.
Prayer: Lord, hear my cries for help, for I desperately need You. Have mercy on me; shower me with Your favors. I love you Lord, for You are always so good and kind to the most undeserving. Amen.
Bible Reading for Today: Isaiah 14-15