Who will save me?

who will save me

Deuteronomy chapter seventeen presents an incredible apolgetic rationale against idol worship. There is no logic when it comes to a person worshipping something, especially if that something was made by another person and even more significantly off if that something was made by the worshipper. The Good News translation uses words and expressions like “stupid,” “hasn’t the wit or the sense,” “foolish,” “misled,” and even “beyond help.”

The rest of the wood he makes into an idol, and then he bows down and worships it. He prays to it and says, “You are my god—save me!” – Deuteronomy 17:17  GNT

If I am going to pray to anyone for help, it will be to God and here is a prayer that will invite God to come and save me.

Listen to me, Lord, and answer me,
    for I am helpless and weak.
Save me from death, because I am loyal to you;
    save me, for I am your servant and I trust in you.

You are my God, so be merciful to me;
    I pray to you all day long.
Make your servant glad, O Lord,
    because my prayers go up to you.
You are good to us and forgiving,
    full of constant love for all who pray to you.

Listen, Lord, to my prayer;
    hear my cries for help.
I call to you in times of trouble,
    because you answer my prayers.

There is no god like you, O Lord,
    not one has done what you have done.
All the nations that you have created
    will come and bow down to you;
    they will praise your greatness.
You are mighty and do wonderful things;
    you alone are God.

Teach me, Lord, what you want me to do,
and I will obey you faithfully;
teach me to serve you with complete devotion.
I will praise you with all my heart, O Lord my God;
I will proclaim your greatness forever.
How great is your constant love for me!
You have saved me from the grave itself.
Proud people are coming against me, O God;
a cruel gang is trying to kill me—
people who pay no attention to you.
But you, O Lord, are a merciful and loving God,
always patient, always kind and faithful.
Turn to me and have mercy on me;
strengthen me and save me,
because I serve you just as my mother did.
Show me proof of your goodness, Lord;
those who hate me will be ashamed
when they see that you have given me comfort and help. – Psalm, 86:1-17  GNT

 

When once Thou visitest the heart,
Then truth begins to shine ;
Then earthly vanities depart ;
Then kindles love divine.

Instructed by attributes on how to pray

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Moses prayed that God would reveal Himself, show him His glory and let him see His kingdom. This is the revelation that God responded with and it reminds me of how I should come to my God in prayer.

The Lord came down in a cloud, stood with him there, and pronounced his holy name, the Lord.[a] The Lord then passed in front of him and called out, “I, the Lord, am a God who is full of compassion and pity, who is not easily angered and who shows great love and faithfulness. I keep my promise for thousands of generations[b] and forgive evil and sin; but I will not fail to punish children and grandchildren to the third and fourth generation for the sins of their parents.”

Moses quickly bowed down to the ground and worshiped. – Exodus 5:8 GNT

This is my God – the one I serve – who reigns as Lord and King over all – the one I will worship.

When I am therefore asked, but it is in the form of a commandment, to love one another, it matters.

And now I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. – John 13:34 GNT

It encapsulates all the others and expresses God’s entire will – His plan already in heaven to be realized here on earth. Through prayer I know what His will is and He gives me all the resources I need to accomplish it – may I be obedient.

Somehow I see Moses on his knees when he engages with God. I see Paul on his knees too when he prays prayers like this. He talks about God’s love as well.

 For this reason I fall on my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth receives its true name. I ask God from the wealth of his glory to give you power through his Spirit to be strong in your inner selves, and I pray that Christ will make his home in your hearts through faith. I pray that you may have your roots and foundation in love, so that you, together with all God’s people, may have the power to understand how broad and long, how high and deep, is Christ’s love. Yes, may you come to know his love—although it can never be fully known—and so be completely filled with the very nature of God. – Ephesians 3:14-19 GNT

Typically, Jewish prayers are offered standing up. Paul is on his knees because he is in the presence of his King. We worship with a sense of reverence and respect. There is intimacy in prayer for even as the Sovereign God He is my Father. There is no rule that I need to be on my knees, it is the posture I find myself sometimes when I am in His presence. I love the presence of the Trinity in Paul’s prayer too.

“It may happen occasionally that I may get lost among so many ideas in  one petition that I forgo the other six (the Lord’s prayer). If such an abundance of good thoughts comes to us, we ought to disregard the other petitions, make room for such thoughts, listen in silence, and under no circumstances obstruct them. The Holy Spirit preaches here, and one word of his sermon is far better than a thousand of our prayers.” – Luther