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Don’t Stop Praying

April 14, 2020

Read Psalm 13:3-6

“Consider and answer me, O Lord my God; light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death, lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him,” lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken. But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.  I will sing to the Lord, because he has dealt bountifully with me.”


 
Reflect

Honest communication with God is a great way to process what is going on in our lives. Have you noticed this, too? (Please explain.) Why do you think it’s a healthy way to work through what we’re feeling? Why is it important to get a perspective from a trusted friend, as well? 

As you read Psalm 13 compare the way David starts with the way he ends. Do you notice a difference? By the time David has finished unloading on God, his perspective has changed. God is back in view. The dark clouds are gone. The sky is clear. David is back on track with God.

It’s hard to know how much time David’s prayers represent. Chances are, some of the prayers that are recorded in the Psalms weren’t prayed in one sitting (or kneeling). The time between what was going on at the beginning of a specific prayer and at the ending could have been weeks or months. But it is likely that David kept talking to God about his situation each time.

In other words, even if it feels as if God hasn’t shown up, don’t give up. Never stop trusting God—or praying—just because the landscape hasn’t changed overnight. It may take longer than we think. But, then again, simply telling God about our problems may help us see things about the Lord that we’ve forgotten.
 

Pray

Lord Jesus, I don’t know how to pray right now, but I know I need to. Hear my heart and draw me closer to You. Heal my hurt. Amen.

Portions of this study were adapted from Michael Ross, Prayer (Uhrichsville.: Barbour, 2016). Pastor and writer Greg Asimakoupoulos contributed to this devotional entry.


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a year ago
Do not give in Look up
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a year ago
Your so right , we must continue to look up , He is faithful and true
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a year ago
I am learning about my lord and grow closer to God when things does not make any sense at all, this I talk to God everyday it really help me. Thank you Jesus.
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a year ago
I've been in the place where I did not know how to pray..It was not a good place to be, BUT GOD !! Heard my heart & the Holy Spirit... was it Immediate relief..nope. Did He give me the strength to Keep going, yep. Did I Know that I KNEW it was His Strength that got me through, you better believe !!
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a year ago
Thanks for this timely reminder! Yes, honest communication with God is essential to understand what is happening in my life. Most of the time my inclination is to rush and do things impulsively, not remembering that His ways are higher than mine, and His thoughts my thoughts. Spending time in His presence allows me to hear His voice, as He transforms me from the inside out. Lord, thank You that You know what is good for me in all situations. Help me to trust and rely on You more each day!
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a year ago
DEAR HEAVENLY FATHER;JESUS JEHOVAH GOD KNOWS WHAT IVE BEEN THROUGH HELP ME ;JESUS WITH YOUR WILL WITH MY LIFE;can't do this alone need your help;your child & my family;Virginia r.gomez garcia@
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