"Hear my prayer, O Lord, and let my cry come unto thee." Psalm 102:1
A believer is one who’s able to pray at all times and in all seasons; when overwhelmed, afflicted or at peace – pour out your heart in prayer!
Prayer is all about you pouring out what’s within you before the Lord. There are no holdbacks – make your request be made known to the Lord, whatever it is. You can even say Lord, “when I am in trouble; incline thine ear unto me: in the day when I call answer me speedily” Psalm 102:2.
The Psalmist looked at his own life and said in the day my heart is smitten, and all my days are consumed; when I’m withered like grass – hide not thy face from me in that day.
He examined his life situations yet this what he saw; yes God is with me but why all these troubles? Why these reproaches and indignation?
You look at your own situation also, and you, Lord, how long? I’m about to die! O Lord, not like this! In his complaint the Psalmist said, “O my God, take me not away in the midst of my days: thy years are throughout all generations.” Psalm 102:24. But me I doesn’t live that long. “But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end” Psalm 102:27.
“Wilt thou shew wonders to the dead? shall the dead arise and praise thee? Selah. Shall thy lovingkindness be declared in the grave? or thy faithfulness in destruction? Shall thy wonders be known in the dark? and thy righteousness in the land of forgetfulness? But unto thee have I cried, O Lord; and in the morning shall my prayer prevent thee” Psalm 88:10-13.
You see what prayer is capable of doing? It can prevent even immature deaths. It can cause God to arise, be merciful and build you up again. “He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer” Psalm 102:17. “In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came unto him, and said unto him, Thus saith the Lord , Set thine house in order: for thou shalt die, and not live. Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed unto the Lord, And said, Remember now, O Lord, I beseech thee, how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore. Then came the word of the Lord to Isaiah, saying, Go, and say to Hezekiah, Thus saith the Lord, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will add unto thy days fifteen years.” Isaiah 38:1-5
“For he hath looked down from the height of his sanctuary; from heaven did the Lord behold the earth; To hear the groaning of the prisoner; to loose those that are appointed to death; To declare the name of the Lord in Zion, and his praise in Jerusalem” Psalm 102:19-21.
What’s your quest today?
In this journey, when overwhelmed, and you pour out your complaint before the LORD – May he hear you too.
See the promise in the last verse there, “The children of thy servants shall continue, and their seed shall be established before thee.” Psalm 102:28.
As you continue to journey with him, may your seed also be established before him.
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