Pray for help

pray for help

Leviticus 18 has some actions listed that people might have done and would be considered as something that could push their relationship away from God.

You know that whoever does any of these disgusting things will no longer be considered one of God’s people. – Leviticus 18:29 GNT

It is not the evil one who will punish those who commit these sins but God. I suppose if I were to fall into the hands of the evil one, I could pray, and God would help me. But is there a place for me to go when God decides to not call me one of His?

It happened to Jesus and I saw it through the eyes of Psalm 22 today. This is where the gospel of Matthew correlates between what Jesus was seeing, experiencing and saying. There were four of them.

  1. Matthew 27:35 GNT – They crucified him and then divided his clothes among them by throwing dice.

Psalm 22:18 GNT – They gamble for my clothes and divide them among themselves.

2. Matthew 27:39 GNT – People passing by shook their heads and hurled insults at Jesus

Psalm 22:7 GNT – All who see me make fun of me; they stick out their tongues and              shake their heads.

3. Matthew 27:43 GNT – He trusts in God and claims to be God’s Son. Well, then, let us see if God wants to save him now!

Psalm 22:8 GNT – “You relied on the Lord,” they say. “Why doesn’t he save you? If  the Lord likes you, why doesn’t he help you?”

This next one is where I noted the abandonment of Jesus by God.

4. Matthew 27:46 GNT – At about three o’clock Jesus cried out with a loud shout, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why did you abandon me?”

Psalm 22:1 GNT – My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? I have cried desperately for help,     but still it does not come.

How do I pray Psalm 22 with Jesus in mind? How do I meditate on what Jesus experienced and prayed? The Psalm jumps back and forth between the Messiah describing His experience and then praying.

When I feel abandoned —

My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?
I have cried desperately for help,
    but still it does not come.
During the day I call to you, my God,
    but you do not answer;
I call at night,
    but get no rest. – Psalm 22:1-2 GNT

When I want to remember Christ’s presence —

But you are enthroned as the Holy One,
    the one whom Israel praises.
Our ancestors put their trust in you;
    they trusted you, and you saved them.
They called to you and escaped from danger;
    they trusted you and were not disappointed. – Psalm 22:3-5 GNT

What I do know is that I can cry out to God for help.

Lord, don’t stay away from me!
Come quickly to my rescue!
Save me from the sword;
save my life from these dogs.
Rescue me from these lions;
I am helpless[d] before these wild bulls. – Psalm 22:19-21 GNT

This is why I can pray and ask God for help for I have not lost my confidence in God’s ability to rescue. Though He may seem far, He is near. My crises of life should never become a crises of faith.

Discipline

BY GEORGE HERBERT

Throw away thy rod,
Throw away thy wrath:
                  O my God,
Take the gentle path.
For my heart’s desire
Unto thine is bent:
                  I aspire
To a full consent.
Not a word or look
I affect to own,
                  But by book,
And thy book alone.
Though I fail, I weep:
Though I halt in pace,
                  Yet I creep
To the throne of grace.
Then let wrath remove;
Love will do the deed:
                  For with love
Stony hearts will bleed.
Love is swift of foot;
Love’s a man of war,
                  And can shoot,
And can hit from far.
Who can ’scape his bow?
That which wrought on thee,
                  Brought thee low,
Needs must work on me.
Throw away thy rod;
Though man frailties hath,
         Thou art God:
Throw away thy wrath.

 
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Invoking God in prayer for help even when feeling prayers are not being answered

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Oil – never bluntly stated in the Old Testament but we know from the New Testament that it is symbolic of the Holy Spirit.

Then Moses took the anointing oil and put it on the Tent of the Lord‘s presence and everything that was in it, and in this way he dedicated it all to the Lord.He took some of the oil and sprinkled it seven times on the altar and its equipment and on the basin and its base, in order to dedicate them to the Lord.He ordained Aaron by pouring some of the anointing oil on his head. – Leviticus 8:10-12 GNT

The idea I get is that “without God, I can’t.” If I put my trust in rituals, and God is not in the picture, it is a waste of time. More importantly, maybe more specifically, if the Holy Spirit is not working in the background “lubricating the machinery,” it is a waste of time.

How can I help someone without invoking God in prayer for help? How could I teach God’s Word without asking God for help? There is a danger in relying on my own strength.

Being dedicated places everything in God’s hands. The tabernacle is no longer just a building – it is a building whose sole purpose is to help people intercede to God. Aaron is no longer an ordinary person, but “ordained” as one fully committed to dedicating his life to interceding for people to God.

I am ordained to help others too. I have been “anointed” for the purpose of helping other Christians.

I use the Psalms as they turn into a prayer for help and relief in the middle of trouble.

Be merciful to me, O Lord!
    See the sufferings my enemies cause me!
Rescue me from death, O Lord,
     that I may stand before the people of Jerusalem
    and tell them all the things for which I praise you.
I will rejoice because you saved me. – Psalm 9:13-14 GNT

I want to be one who seeks to live a godly life even to the very gates of death. The good news is that God is the One who lifts me up from those very gates. I can pray for help and receive it so that I might praise God for His deliverance and salvation. My deepen joy and praise to God are the end results of my prayer for help. As God increases my joy in Him so do my praises to Him increase.

God’s help is not given just because He favours one over the other. It comes because His people have a relationship with Him. They know Him. They trust Him. They come to Him.

Those who know you, Lord, will trust you;
    you do not abandon anyone who comes to you. – Psalm 9:10 GNT

It must be a serious trial for anyone to feel abandoned by God. I know that I feel that way sometimes when I have sinned, face more trouble than I can handle, have a job to do that is weighed with responsibility or when I feel my prayers are not being answered.

I come back to God, seeking Him, because I know Him.

“We never trust a man till we know him, and bad men are better known than trusted. Not so the Lord, for where his name is poured out as an ointment, there the virgins love him, fear him, rejoice in him, repose upon him.” – Trapp

“Men complain of their little faith: the remedy is in their own hands; let them set themselves to know God. . . .  But for all this, you must make time. You cannot know a friend from hurried interviews, much less God. So you must steep yourself in deep, long thoughts of his nearness and his love.” Meyer

“O Almighty God, in your unmerited goodness to us and through the merit and mediation of your only beloved Son, Jesus Christ, you have permitted and even commanded and taught us to regard you and call upon you as one Father of us all.” – Martin Luther