Thursday, February 28, 2013
The Threat Of God's Silence
Prayer puts our faith at risk.
When we “pray to God in faith believing” and nothing happens or the results are different from what we expected or there is no answer at all, the tendency is to question the goodness and wisdom of God. Nor is it unusual for people to doubt the need for prayer when or if they don’t get what they want.
As we begin to read Psalm 28 David seems to be having a problem in his prayer life. “I pray to You, O Lord, my Rock. Do not turn a deaf ear to me.” Notice the way he begins: “I pray to You!” His prayer is direct and intense. But there is something very important to be noted here. In this moment of need David, in no uncertain terms, lets us into his heart.
Prayer was not just part of his life. It was at the center of his life. He was completely dependent upon the Lord for help. “You, O Lord, are my Rock!” This prayer, though we do not know specifically what David was praying for, arose from a definite need at a specific time in his life. Perhaps years later, when he was writing of this experience, he could not remember specifically what his request was, but he could not forget that he had a need that only God could meet. And God met that need and granted his request.
In this prayer we hear his cry and see his hands raised to God demonstrating his dependence on Yahweh. And his prayer was answered. “Praise be to the Lord,” he finally shouted, “for He has heard my cry for mercy.”
God always answers us - but on His terms.
Prayer: Help us, Lord, to depend only on You - not on ourselves or others - when we face our greatest needs. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Psalm 28:1 To You I will cry, O Lord my Rock: Do not be silent to me, Lest, if You are silent to me, I become like those who go down to the pit.