Prayer

Prayer

Prayer is an important part of having a relationship with Jesus Christ. The wonderful part about it is, you can do it anytime. Prayer doesn’t have to be spoken out loud for the Lord to hear it. You will also be heard no matter where in the world you are; neither phone reception nor an internet connection is necessary; and you do not even need to resort to smoke signals. The Lord is both omniscient, ever-present, and He has the ability scintillate His glory (shine it!) even into the darkest places, the highest mountaintops and the deepest seas.

This is a passage form a post about prayer that I felt would be encouraging:

“Trust Enough to Make a Call and Leave a Message

The psalmist, David, has left a message with God because David knows he needs God’s help. When he is distressed and restless in the night, he is confident that although he feels pressed in, God will answer and bring relief.

“You have relieved me in my distress;
Be gracious to me and hear my prayer.” (v.1)

Many of us are concerned and feeling pressed in right now. It is as if the challenges and sufferings we are going through are boxing us into a corner with limited options for escape. It can feel as though our sufferings have put us in a straitjacket with no options to move. God encourages us to cry out to Him in prayer and confidently trust that He hears and can provide the relief we need. We should do this even as we wait for His answer.”

In the New American Standard Bible (NASB), Psalm 13:1-6 states:

“How long, Lord? Will You forget me forever?
How long will You hide Your face from me?
How long am I to feel anxious in my soul,
With grief in my heart all the day?
How long will my enemy be exalted over me?

Consider and answer me, O Lord my God;
Enlighten my eyes, or I will sleep the sleep of death,
And my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,”
And my adversaries will rejoice when I am shaken.

But I have trusted in Your faithfulness;
My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation.
I will sing to the Lord,
Because He has looked after me.”

Psalm 17 offers support – in NASB, it is titled as a “Prayer Against Oppressors”.

Hear a just cause, Lord, give Your attention to my cry;
Listen to my prayer, which is not from deceitful lips.
Let my judgment come forth from Your presence;
Let Your eyes look with integrity.
You have put my heart to the test;
You have visited me by night;
You have sifted me and You find [b]nothing;
My intent is that my mouth will not offend.

Psalm 25:1-22 describes support and refuge in the Lord.

To You, Lord, I lift up my soul.
My God, in You I trust,
Do not let me be ashamed;
Do not let my enemies rejoice over me.
Indeed, none of those who wait for You will be ashamed;
Those who deal treacherously without cause will be ashamed.

Make me know Your ways, Lord;
Teach me Your paths.
Lead me in Your truth and teach me,
For You are the God of my salvation;
For You I wait all the day.
Remember, Lord, Your compassion and Your faithfulness,
For they have been from of old.
Do not remember the sins of my youth or my wrongdoings;
Remember me according to Your faithfulness,
For Your goodness’ sake, Lord.

The Lord is good and upright;
Therefore He instructs sinners in the way.
He leads the humble in justice,
And He teaches the humble His way.
All the paths of the Lord are faithfulness and truth
To those who comply with His covenant and His testimonies.
For the sake of Your name, Lord,
Forgive my wrongdoing, for it is great.

Who is the person who fears the Lord?
He will instruct him in the way he should choose.
His soul will dwell in prosperity,
And his descendants will inherit the land.
The secret of the Lord is for those who fear Him,
And He will make them know His covenant.
My eyes are continually toward the Lord,
For He will rescue my feet from the net.

Turn to me and be gracious to me,
For I am lonely and afflicted.
The troubles of my heart are enlarged;
Bring me out of my distresses.
Look at my misery and my trouble,
And forgive all my sins.
Look at my enemies, for they are many,
And they hate me with violent hatred.
Guard my soul and save me;
Do not let me be ashamed, for I take refuge in You.
Let integrity and uprightness protect me,
For I wait for You.
Redeem Israel, God,
From all his distress.

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