Crying Out to the Lord

"Lord, you understand.
Rememer me and take care of me.
Punish for me those who are hurting me.
Don't destroy me while you remain patient
with them.
Think about the shame I suffer for you.
Your words came to me, and I listened
carefully to them.
Your words made me very happy,
because I am called by your name,
Lord God All-Powerful."
Jeremiah 14:15-16

Crying Out to the Lord
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2, by Os Hillman

"But when they cried out to the LORD, he raised up for them a deliverer. . ." (Judg 3:8-9).

I often receive requests to help someone whose life is in a difficult place. After a few questions I am able to discern if the Lord has called me to get involved. More often than not, I am not to be involved. Many times I find this person has not experienced enough pain to want to do anything about their situation. Until they are really ready to cry out to the Lord for a solution to their situation, they will simply talk about desiring change but never take the necessary steps needed for change."

If you invest time into someone who has not yet come to the place of wanting a spiritual solution to their problem, you will become emotionally exhausted. The apostle Paul understood this principle when he actually turned such people over to Satan for the destruction of their flesh (I Cor. 5:5).

The people of Israel were finally in enough pain to cry out to God for relief from their oppression. Like so many times throughout the scriptures, God answered by raising up a deliverer. "But when they cried out to the LORD, he raised up for them a deliverer, Othniel son of Kenaz, Caleb's younger brother, who saved them. The Spirit of the LORD came upon him, so that he became Israel's judge and went to war. The LORD gave Cushan-Rishathaim king of Aram into the hands of Othniel, who overpowered him. So the land had peace for forty years, until Othniel son of Kenaz died (Judg 3:8-11)."

Are you in a difficult place in your life? Are you only talking about changing or are you really ready to cry out to the Lord for a solution? Start now the process of changing your situation for the better and asking for help if needed

Today's Prayer

Dear Lord, Thank you for this day. Thank you for my being able to see, to hear, to speak, to move about this morning. I'm blessed because you are a forgiving and understanding God. You have done so much for me. I have witnessed your hand of blessing, your miraculous power in my life and the lives of those I love, and you just keep on blessing me. Forgive me this day for everything I have done, said or thought that was not pleasing to you. I ask now for your forgiveness. Please keep me, my family, and my church family safe from all danger and harm. Help me to start this day with a positive and Christ-focused attitude and plenty of gratitude. Please clear my mind of distractions so that I can hear from you and please direct my steps today. Thank you so much, in Jesus' name, Amen.


Still Learning said...

So true, so true. I loved the prayer you included in with the post. Thanks!!

Heart2Heart said...


This is way too true! Matter of fact this hit a home run for me. Because I am always wanting to help people who are hurting, I need to remember this lesson.

It is only through pain and suffering sometimes that the right change happens!

I have learned this lesson so many times in my own life.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

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