Pray When You Are Stressed
O God of my praise, Do not be silent! For they have opened the wicked and deceitful mouth against me; They have spoken against me with a lying tongue. They have also surrounded me with words of hatred, And fought against me without cause. In return for my love they act as my accusers; But I am in prayer. Psalm 109:1-4
Are you experiencing a lot of stress in your life? Stress is usually associated with the sense of being overwhelmed, a situation which is difficult to handle or to cope with. Basically, you feel like you're in a place that has become too much. I believe that's the place where the David finds himself in Psalm 109:1-4. He is being slandered in verse 2; he's being surrounded by people who hate him in vs. 3 and if that's not bad enough, the people then returned evil for good. I am sure you would agree with me that this would qualify as a very stressful situation. However, look at how David reacts to this very stressful circumstance in the last part of verse 4, "but I am in prayer." He literally is saying "I (am) prayer" or "as for me, prayer." To pray was his first reaction. The Psalmist gave himself to prayer because while he was in deep distress, that was his resource for comfort. When we are in distress, is going to God our first reaction or do we pray after we have tried everything else to solve the problem? Do we pray to ask God to get us out of this mess or do we pray like the writer of Hebrews 4:16, "Therefore, let us come boldly to the throne to Grace where we can obtain mercy and find grace to help in our time of need." Maybe you are in the middle of a stressful situation. In spite of the circumstance, let's be like David, "….but I am in prayer."
I love the LORD, because He hears My voice and my supplications. Because He has inclined His ear to me, Therefore I shall call upon Him as long as I live. Psalm 116:1-2
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