Heavenly Father, thank You for those times I literally cried out to You for You to hear me and come quickly; and You did.
Nights like the Psalmist experienced – when in distress over circumstances, I sought You. One night I could not see a way out of or through my problems.
And though I had gone to bed, sleep was far from me. My thoughts would not be still. With each issue, another failure or complication seemed to pile on until I felt so overwhelmed I did not even know where or how to start to pray.
Many may be feeling this way now, in the midst of this crisis.
Even though many times before You spoke to me, encouraged me, lifted me up – I didn’t feel that this time. I felt far from You and wondered if I had reached the end. And that thought sounded like the answer. That death would be a relief.
That’s when it hit me – this thought was NOT from You.
It was from the evil one who would like nothing better than to sideline me – take me out of the game altogether! If satan can get anyone to believe the lie that there is no hope, it immobilizes and freezes them. Can even paralyze a Christian’s faith.
So I began praying – not about the circumstances that were overwhelming me – but any scripture I could remember:
The Lord’s prayer.
The 23rd Psalm.
“I will love the Lord my God with all my heart and soul and mind and strength, and love my neighbor as myself.”
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him will not die, but have everlasting life.”
“The Lord your God goes with you to fight for you against your enemies and give you victory!”
The more I quoted Your Word in prayer, the calmer I felt. And soon fell asleep.
Thank You Lord, for sending Your calm, Your peace. Thank You for sending sleep.
Thank You that in the morning, things didn’t look as bad as they had the night before! Thank You that I could see resources and solutions I could not the night before. In taking those steps back towards You, I felt Your presence once again. It was not You who had moved. But in believing a lie, I had.
Father, show us all the way back to You. Draw us closer into Your Presence and Your Deliverance with the power of Your Word. When we don’t know what to pray, bring scripture to our minds.
“You are the God who performs miracles; You display your power among the peoples.” Thank You for the power in Your Word. Amen