A prayer for those who are overwhelmed and for all the discouraged who come
to pour out their hearts before the Lord
Lord, listen to my prayer! Listen to my cry for help! You can’t hide your face from me in the day of my distress. Stoop down to hear my prayer and answer me quickly, Lord! For my days of happiness have gone up in smoke. My body is raging with fever, my heart is sick, and I’m consumed by this illness—withered like a dead leaf. I can’t even eat. I’m nothing but skin and bones. Nothing’s left of me but whispered groans. I’m depressed, lonely, forgotten, and abandoned. I’m sleepless, shivering in the cold, forlorn and friendless, like a lonely bird on the rooftop. My every enemy mocks and insults me incessantly. They even use my name as a curse to speak over others! Because of your great and furious anger against me, all I do is suffer with sorrow, with nothing to eat but a meal of mourning. My crying fills my cup with salty tears! In your wrath you have rejected me, sweeping me away like dirt on the floor. My days are marked by the lengthening shadows of death. I’m withering away and there’s nothing left of me.
But then I remember that you, O Lord, still sit enthroned as King over all! The fame of your name will be revealed to every generation. I know you are about to arise and show your tender love to Zion. Now is the time, Lord, for your compassion and mercy to be poured out—the appointed time has come for your prophetic promises to be fulfilled! Psalm 102:1-11 TPT
There are times when I’m battling something in my life that I just need to empty my heart out to the Lord. Just as David did here, I cry out. To be honest, there are things I face in life that are hard. It could involve my children, my spouse, our health, a loss or even lack. Just as I pour out old coffee from the pot and start fresh every morning, I need to just get it out.
But then I remember…….
That is the key, isn’t it. David always ended his emptying by filling his mind up with the majesty of God. He remembered who the real King was and then gave Him praise for His great faithfulness. He reminded God of His Word and rested in the knowledge that a Kings word is sovereign (has supreme rank, power and authority). In other words, He put God in His rightful place-over all!
There is nothing wrong with crying, feeling discouraged or depressed. I’d be lying if I said it’s not in my nature! But I’ve trained myself to change my focus from me to Him. I’m aware of the problem, but I won’t allow it to overwhelm me. When it tries to elevate its ugly head and obstruct my view, I lift my eyes to Him because that’s where my help comes from.
I will praise You oh Lord, Your face is all I seek today. I’m aware I have an enemy, but You’re bigger then any enemy I can or cannot see. There’s times when I can’t see the sun because the sky is full of clouds, but You lift me above the clouds and the Son is always shining there.
Every obstacle in my path, You’ve provided a way over it, around it or through it. I will look to You for direction, I will seek Your wisdom for You see and know everything and it’s Your pleasure to share that knowledge with me.
Your praise will continually be in my mouth today as I place my trust in You. I leave it all in Your very capable hands. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.