I am praying to You because I know You will answer, O God. Bend down and listen as I pray. – (Psalm 17:6, NLT)
Every time I call to You, God, You answer me. So listen to me now, and hear what I say. – (Psalm 17:6, ERV)
I am crying aloud to You, O True God, for I long to know Your answer. Hear me, O God. Hear my plea. Hear my prayer for help. – (Psalm 17:6, VOICE)
David, in the midst of his struggles with Saul, cried out to God, asking to be heard as he remembered and trusted in His faithfulness. Though I am not in a season of struggle, and am standing in the dawn of a new day that marks the beginning of a brand-new school year, I cannot help but have a heavy heart for so many that surround us with fires blazing throughout my state and those that surround us, as well as the devastation that has befallen those in the path of Hurricane Harvey and those threatened by the impending landfall of Irma. May we pray as David did, and call on the Lord for help, trusting that He hears our cries and will show us what we are meant to do.
O Lord, we cry out,
Trusting that You hear;
We know You’ll answer,
Your love for us, clear.
Bend down and listen,
O God, hear our cries;
So many in need,
Bring help to these lives.
Show us what to do,
To see through Your eyes;
So help and Your hope,
Are soon realized.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that we can pray to You and be heard. Thank You that You bend down from heaven to hear our prayer and listen to our cries. Thank You that You are our help and our hope in all things and at all times. Forgive us for doing nothing when we are overwhelmed with the weight of the need that surrounds us. Teach us to trust You more, so that we would step up and do one small thing at a time, as even the small things matter to the one who receives. Show us how to love well, all those around us in practical ways, so that they might see Your heart through our love. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we pray to You, trusting You to hear and answer us. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
When times are good, be happy. – Ecclesiastes 7:14