Aug 21, 2014
It happens. Prayers go unanswered. Problems multiply. People disappoint. God seems distant.
And we struggle — to believe, to trust, to hope, to love.
So what can we do?
David wrote Psalm 61 when he was struggling. We don’t know the details, but he says he felt faint (weak and feeble) and like he was at the end of the earth (far from God).
So what does he do? He prays. But isn’t he feeling far from God? Yes. But he prays anyway.
Distance from God is not overcome by waiting, but by praying.
And what does he pray when he’s struggling?
A Prayer for Strugglers
Here’s what he prays in Psalm 61:1-3 —
- Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer;
- from the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I,
- for you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the enemy.
First, David asks God to hear his prayer. It’s humbling, and strengthening, to ask God to hear us. And when we come to God in Jesus’ name, and ask him to hear, he always says “Yes; gladly.”
Second, David tells God how he’s feeling — like he’s at the end of the earth (far from God), feeling faint (weak and struggling spiritually).
Third, David asks God to take him by the hand and lead him to the rock that is higher than his trials, problems, and enemies. This rock is God himself.
Fourth, David affirms that God has been his refuge and strong tower against the enemy. This would strengthen his faith that God will once again meet him and help him and be his refuge and strong tower.
Follow the steps of David’s prayer.
And when you get to the last step, of affirming God as your refuge and strong tower, use this worship video.
It’s the Kutless song “You Are My Strong Tower.” I found it deeply encouraging. I hope you will as well.
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