Prayer for help


Prayer for help

Psalm 102:1-17

Prayer to the Eternal King for Help

A prayer of one afflicted, when faint and pleading before the Lord.

Hear my prayer, O Lord;

let my cry come to you.

Do not hide your face from me

in the day of my distress.

Incline your ear to me;

answer me speedily in the day when I call.

For my days pass away like smoke,

and my bones burn like a furnace.

My heart is stricken and withered like grass;

I am too wasted to eat my bread.

Because of my loud groaning

my bones cling to my skin.

I am like an owl of the wilderness,

like a little owl of the waste places.

I lie awake;

I am like a lonely bird on the housetop.

All day long my enemies taunt me;

those who deride me use my name for a curse.

For I eat ashes like bread,

and mingle tears with my drink,

because of your indignation and anger;

for you have lifted me up and thrown me aside.

My days are like an evening shadow;

I wither away like grass.

But you, O Lord, are enthroned forever;

your name endures to all generations.

You will rise up and have compassion on Zion,

for it is time to favor it;

the appointed time has come.

For your servants hold its stones dear,

and have pity on its dust.

The nations will fear the name of the Lord,

and all the kings of the earth your glory.

For the Lord will build up Zion;

he will appear in his glory.

He will regard the prayer of the destitute,

and will not despise their prayer.

The first prayer we pray is for help. Whether we are grown adults seeking God for the first time honestly or newborn infants experiencing a terrifying life for the first time. In either case, we do not fully know the God we seek help from. There is really only two things we are sure of: We have a need and God is more powerful than us. This knowledge or acknowledgement reflects the first two steps of the AA 12 Steps to Recovery. The third step is the prayer itself.

I don’t think it is fair to compare infants and addicts in our weaknesses, but we can certainly compare the hope each day brings for new life, along with those challenges. That hope, whatever hope we have, begins with God and our willingness to ask Him for help.

What do you need God’s help in today?

Will you begin the day asking for help or will you wait until you’ve exhausted all your other options first?

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