Monday, November 8, 2010


Verse for Today: Monday, November 08, 2010
Psalms 55:17 - Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and He hears my voice.

Prayers are most often need based. When we are in greater need, we tend to pray more often and more frequently. In our prayers, we often submit our supplications to the Lord with tears because we are moved by the burdens which we carry. It is most comforting to know that when we are in distress, we have a person to go to. He is our Lord and we are His dear people. We have the freedom to go to His presence as frequently as we need to unburden ourselves. There are things that we can tell Him that we dare not tell other human beings no matter how closely linked we are with them. We do not need any hesitation or embarrassment to share any of our most intimate needs and burdens with the Lord. He gives us a patient hearing and will respond according to the intensity of our needs. We see on the pages of the Bible about the intense prayers of God's people. Moses spoke to God whenever he had burdens which he was unable to handle himself. His burdens were the burdens of 2 million people and their cattle in the wilderness, and his Lord was sufficient for all of those burdens. Joshua also had the same burdens, along with all the enemies who were trying to devour them. Daniel had a pattern of praying three times a day and he continued to pray in this fashion even when threatened to be thrown into the dens of hungry lions. Hannah prayed in her distress to the extent to which the high priest thought she was out of her mind, but her Lord heard her and met the desires of her heart. Paul prayed almost all through the days of his life when he was not otherwise engaged in the ministry. There were times of distress in the lives of these men and women of God, and the more distress they experienced, the more they prayed. The Lord heard their prayers and answered them. These answers were not always outwardly success stories, but experiences of His peace, patience, maturity, endurance, calmness and joy. So no matter what happened in their scenarios, these saints lived with spiritual satisfaction and determination and kept on with their sojourn.

Dear friend, is your prayer life an indication of your deep needs in your life? Are there distressing situations in your life which you are not even able to share with others? Is your burden so heavy that you find it extremely difficult to carry it any more? There is a place of quiet rest near to the heart of God and you can go there and sit with the Lord, the two of you alone with each other, and talk about it. You can express yourself blatantly and without any limit and pour out all burdens at His presence. He will give you a very patient hearing, with perfect understanding. In fact, He understands you, your burdens and situations much better than you can understand it yourself, because He knows the full implications of your burdens. As you pray, the Lord helps you to release your emotions concerning the burdens and quieten your heart. He will comfort you with the promise that He is working on your burdens and will do the needful at the right time. He will give you the peace that passes all understanding. Perhaps in your intelligent mind, you might not be able to see how things could turn around because you might be thinking that your situation is impossible. But the Bible says that there is nothing impossible with your Lord and that He can do exceedingly great things to turn His children's lives around. So let us not loose heart, but go forward with courage and strength in the Lord. Let us not lean on to our own understanding and thinking, but on to the Lord. Let us meet with Him as often as we can and share our burdens relentlessly. Let us cry before Him and express our emotions with Him without embarrassment and reluctance. He will see our sincerity of heart in our burdens and show loving kindness and compassion and will send help from Heaven to lead us. He will lift our burdens up from us. When we submit our burdens to Him, they are no more our burdens, but His, and He will carry it for us. Today let us go to such a kind and compassionate Lord and unburden ourselves for His hand to hold us and take us forward.

Psalms 55:22 - Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous fall.

Thought for Today
When we submit our burdens to the Lord in prayer, He becomes our partner in carrying our burdens.

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