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Pray Through the Pain

April 8, 2020

Read Psalm 22:14-21

“I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint; my heart is like wax; it is melted within my breast;  my strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to my jaws; you lay me in the dust of death. For dogs encompass me; a company of evildoers encircles me; they have pierced my hands and feet— I can count all my bones—they stare and gloat over me; they divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots. But you, O Lord, do not be far off! O you my help, come quickly to my aid!  Deliver my soul from the sword, my precious life from the power of the dog! Save me from the mouth of the lion! You have rescued me from the horns of the wild oxen!”


 
Reflect

What are some struggles you are experiencing? Even when you don’t know how to pray, God knows what’s going on—and He knows exactly what you need. Do you believe this? Why is it important to ask others to pray with you?

When David prayed Psalm 22 he was in serious trouble. The happy days he’d experienced earlier in his life were a distant memory. This day was bleak because of people who were out to get him. He wasn’t sure he’d live to see tomorrow.

No doubt we all know what it’s like to be on the ropes. Friends betray. Pets die. Marriages fail. Jobs end. Bank accounts dry up. And in the midst of it all, sometimes we feel abandoned by God. We cry out in anguish and, at times, the only thing we experience is silence. Life on a defective planet is marked by setbacks such as these. Expect them. David learned to. The episode that prompted Psalm 22 was only one of many in the king’s life.

Accept the Lord by faith as a fact. As Christ-followers, He lives within us every second of every day. The Reverend Billy Graham reminded us that “He is living in you in order to magnify, glorify, and exalt Christ in you so that you can live a happy, victorious, radiant, and Christ-honoring life.” Never lose sight of this.


Pray

Lord Jesus, I believe in You and I trust You. I know that God is good. I’m hurting, and I need you now more than ever. Please bring a healing touch. 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
Jesus prayed the first line of Psalm 22 on the Cross: "My God, My God, why have you abandoned me?" So even Jesus felt the sting of loss and abandonment as part of His suffering and death for our sins on the Cross. Sin had blocked His view of the Father, just as it does for us. He did not sin; He had done no wrong, but in taking on our sin to Himself, He had to feel the loss of His connection to the Father, even though the Father never abandoned Him, and He never truly abandons us either.
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a year ago
When people pray for us they are detached from the ceilings in English and all the sorrow as it were so therefore they're able to pray more clearly upon God's word rather than what they think are what they're experiencing or what they're feeling
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a year ago
The reason we have people pray with us, so they are with along us when we have need, they will pray for us.

Sometimes life has gotten tough to do what we need to live as Christ- follower.
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a year ago
Thank you for sharing this timely reminder of God's faithfulness in all circumstances.

I am comforted by His Words, and I stand firmly on His promises that:

"Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for Thou art with me, Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me". Ps. 23v4.... He's got me!!!
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a year ago
No matter what we experience throughout the day, it sure is reassuring to know that Jesus Christ says,
"And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;" - John 14:16; and, "I will never leave thee nor forsake thee".
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