Prayer: Asking God for Help

Psalms 86:6-7, “Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer; And attend to the voice of my supplications.  In the day of my trouble I will call upon You, For You will answer me.”

Prayer.  Something that can be as simple as a few words to as complex as hundreds or thousands of words.  Prayer is not a complicated thing.  It is a talking with God.  It is also about asking God for help.

Give ear.  In order to listen, an ear must be given.  When talking to God, He is always there to listen to what we have to say.  When talking to people, they are not always there to listen but getting someone’s attention will help to have them listen.  As Christians, we should learn to be more attentive to other’s needs just as God is attentive to our needs.

O Lord.  This is an acknowledgement of who God is.  God is the Lord.  Lord over all.  Lord over all of creation because He is the creator of all things.  To us, God is to be respected and part of that respect is to called Him Lord.

To my prayer.  A prayer is personal.  It is a personal talk between creation and creator.  Even when a prayer is said out loud, it is still a personal talk with God for yourself or for others.  Prayer for yourself is just as important as prayer for others.  God knows our thoughts and what we need but He wants to hear them so that He hears what we need and He sees that we are earnest to ask.

Attend to the voice of my supplications.  Part of prayer is getting a response.  This response may not be right away but God does answer prayer.  If we honestly ask God, He will give an answer.  It may not be the message we want but it will be an answer.  Asking God to answer a prayer quicker is not on God’s agenda.  God works in His own timing and according to His own will.  Our will is not important compared to the great will of God.

In the day of my trouble.  Every one has days of trouble.  It is in those days that our faith is tested.  We need to lean on God even more to help us get through.  We need God in the good times as well but the bad times are what we really struggle with.

I will call upon You.  Calling upon God is not optional.  It is required.  God is there for us if we ask.  He wants us to ask.  He wants to be there for us.  We need to talk to God to make sure that He knows what we need and so He can answer our prayers.

You will answer me.  God will answer.  It may be that same minute, same day or a week from today.  Whenever it is, we can rest assured that God hears our prayers and will answer according to His will.  If our will does not align with His, God will not honor that.  It is not that God is mean or God is not listening.  He is just working a bigger plan for us.

Heavenly Father,

Thank You for prayer.  Thank You that You also answer our prayers and requests.  We can come to You anytime and You are there for us.  You hear us whenever we call to You.  You are such an awesome God.  You are our Lord and the Lord of all.  We need You in the times of trouble and the times that are good.  Help us to come to You more and pray more as well.

In Your name we pray,

Amen

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