READ: Psalm 142
By prayer and supplication . . . let your requests be made known to God. —Philippians 4:6
After all these years, I still don’t fully understand prayer. It’s something
of a mystery to me. But one thing I know: When we’re in desperate need,
prayer springs naturally from our lips and from the deepest level of our hearts.
When we’re frightened out of our wits, when we’re pushed beyond our limits,
when we’re pulled out of our comfort zones, when our well-being is
challenged and endangered, we reflexively and involuntarily resort to
prayer. “Help, Lord!” is our natural cry.
Author Eugene Peterson wrote: “The language of prayer is forged in the
crucible of trouble. When we can’t help ourselves and call for help,
when we don’t like where we are and want out, when we don’t like who we
are and want a change, we use primal language, and this language becomes the root language of prayer.”
Prayer begins in trouble, and it continues because we’re always in trouble at
some level. It requires no special preparation, no precise vocabulary,
no appropriate posture. It springs from us in the face of necessity and, in time, becomes our habitual response to every issue—good and bad—we
face in this life (Phil. 4:6). What a privilege it is to carry
everything to God in prayer! —David Roper
What a Friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer. —Scriven
God’s help is only a prayer away.