“O LORD, hear my prayer, listen to my cry for mercy;
In your faithfulness and righteousness come to my relief.”
Psalm 143:1 NIV
It is the holiday season – that time of year for celebration and giving thanks for our country and God’s provision for those who landed on the shores of this great land all those years ago.
And yet, for many this Thanksgiving and holiday season, celebration is the last thing on their minds. Hearts are broken, health is in question or provision unknown. Where is the hope and help needed in these times of despair and hopelessness?
In reading a prayer of David in the Psalms, you will find five “me’s in his requests of God in chapter 143:
- Answer me
- Show me
- Rescue me
- Teach me
- Lead me
David was overwhelmed by his situation. He was desperate for mercy and word of God’s unfailing love. Despair was trying to drag him down into a pit, but he was determined to trust God. He cried out to Him for his needs of rescue and guidance.
- He needed a quick answer because his spirit was failing, meaning he was at his wit’s end and sinking into despair fast.
- He needed guidance and direction for which way to go through the difficult circumstances facing him.
- He needed to be rescued from those who were out to destroy him.
- He needed lessons for how to know God’s will and how to do it.
- He needed to be led on a path that was free from obstacles at every turn.
Throughout David’s prayer, he made commitments to the Lord to meditate on all the works of God and the things He had done. This is where you would remember that it is God who created you to be His very own. It is God who loves you with an everlasting love that cannot be taken away from you.
Then David surrendered his situation, made his “me” requests known and trusted God for answers, love and deliverance. There are times in our prayer life when we intercede for others, but there are times in our prayer life when it is all about “me”. When you are heartbroken and in despair it is perfectly OK for your prayer to be all about you. God wants you to be healed from your broken heart, illness, despair or whatever state has tried to drag you down. He will give you strength to endure.
This Psalm of David is short but filled with hope, encouragement and teaching for all, but especially those in seemingly hopeless situations. With Jesus, there is always hope because He is our Hope! (I Timothy 1:1)
Practice the five “me’s” in your prayers as you trust God for hope, answers and direction. He will guide you through whatever difficult situation you may find yourself experiencing. No matter what you hear, experience or who comes against you, He is with you always. He is there for you and hears the cries of your heart.