Lenten Devotional: March 14

Psalm 61; Psalm 62; Psalm 68:1-36; Jeremiah 2:1-13;
Romans 1:16-25
; John 4:43-54

Hear my cry, O God;
listen to my prayer.
From the ends of the earth I call to you,
I call as my heart grows faint;
lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
For you have been my refuge,
a strong tower against the foe. Psalm 61:1-3

How often do we speak to God – really? Is it only in times of need that we call on Him? Do we “hide” in the name of God as a refuge? For many of us the state of things in the world (not just in the United States) weighs heavily upon us, and our hearts grow faint – with anger, despair, resentment, a sense of being completely overwhelmed and at a loss as to how to “fix” things.

Psychology has shown over and over again, how easily we focus on negatives – whether it be what is going on around us, a negative comment about us, a negative self-perception. We wish for something, someone to come and instantly solve all our problems. I am certainly not immune! But is that how we view our relationship with God? It is a most dangerous pitfall of our prayers.

Of course we want things to be wonderful, to get better, to eliminate the negative. Perhaps, when we pray, we should certainly ask God to listen to our prayers, BUT at the same time, ask to be led towards the rock that is higher, to the tools to help US be the solution, to the vision that helps us help and support one another, to be so thankful that he is a strong tower that enables us to work with the positive.

Perhaps that should really be our “mitzvah”, our commandment from God, our duty in prayer to be part of the “fix”, not just to beg for Him to do it for us. In prayer, let us trust in God’s faithfulness, rather than begging forlornly for it.

Lord, help me be what is needed, when it is needed. Thank you for showing me the way, Lord. I pray I may always know that your light will shine if I look for it, even in the darkest of times. Amen.