How much longer? That was the cry of our kids when they were younger after about ten minutes into a three-hour car journey!
However, it is not only kids in car journeys that cry out like that. King David was just the same. Here he is.
How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
How long must I wrestle with my thoughts
and day after day have sorrow in my heart?
How long will my enemy triumph over me?
Look on me and answer, Lord my God.
Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death,
and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,”
and my foes will rejoice when I fall.
But I trust in your unfailing love;
my heart rejoices in your salvation.
I will sing the Lord’s praise,
for he has been good to me. Psalm 13
This psalm is great for helping us to pray in difficult times. It starts by turning to God, then saying how we feel and asking for help. But what comes next is really important. David doesn’t just sit and talk about all that is wrong. Instead, he chooses to focus in on what he knows about God. He remembers that God is good and His love never ends, and he remembers that God is a fantastic rescuer! And that gets David so excited that he starts singing about it.
Prayer isn’t just getting words out. It’s talking with God, and when we do, it changes things in us. Telling God about our problems, asking for help and remembering everything we know about Him can change how we feel as God’s Holy Spirit brings us peace and joy. Prayer is powerful.
This Friday we have the opportunity to meet together for prayer as we are doing on the first Friday of the month. Do join us for a special occasion this Friday in G2, 7:30pm
This song has been shared recently by Kath and seems to be timely for us.