Do you ever think that maybe it is not appropriate to plea your prayers before God? Is there a concern that maybe you shouldn’t annoy Him with your requests or continually beg for an answer to a situation when you feel He hasn’t answered.
Unfortunately, I know I have. I have made the mistake of viewing God the Father as if he parents like I do. When my kids go on and on asking for something, I tend to get frustrated and either give in or deal out a harsh consequence for the continual asking.
But God is not an earthly parent. He tells us over and over in scripture that He is our father and we are His children. I believe He uses those terms to ingrain it in our heads that He loves us like we love our children, only more. Much more. He is perfect and His love for us is perfect.
In fact so much so that He tells us repeatedly to come to Him in prayer. He will never send us away for asking.
“He will respond to the prayer of the destitute; he will not despise their plea.” Psalm 102:17
As I read that scripture in my bible yesterday morning, I immediately underlined/highlighted and shared it with my husband at breakfast. (Don’t you love it when God just gives you a verse that speaks directly to your heart?)
See, I’ve been praying (and so have many other people) over and over and over about our situation and my husband’s unemployment. Every day, I bring it before Him. There are times when I begin to wonder if I should keep at it. Is it really making a difference?
And yet I know above all things that it is God’s will for Terry to have good employment to provide for His family. I believe it’s scriptural. God establishes the works of our hands. From the beginning with Adam, the Words says man was created for work. So I am completely comfortable that I am praying God’s will over our situation.
But when every door my husband knocks on is shut with a resounding “no” – I begin to feel like a bit of a beggar coming each day asking for a yes. I suppose that is why that verse spoke so strongly to me.
In Hebrew, destitute means stripped. I think it means that everything is stripped away, out of our control; we just come before Him asking for help. Nothing is in the way if we have nothing. We just humbly come before God knowing He is a good, good father and we need Him.
As I come before Him with my heart laid bare, destitute, it says he will RESPOND to my prayer. He not only hears it but He does something about it! Boy, am I holding onto that promise. He will respond to my prayer regarding our situation.
The second part of that verse says that He will not despise our plea. He does not despise us any more than a parent despises their children’s plea for help. That brings sweet relief.
Jump forward a chapter to Psalm 103: 8 and it tells us that He is compassionate, gracious, slow to anger and abounding in love.
That is who HE is. We are always welcome to bring our requests before Him.
He tells us to never stop praying.
Pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. I Thessalonians 5:17 (ESV)
He also tells us that we can come boldly to Him with our requests.
So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. Hebrews 4:16 (NLT)
He tells us that we should not be anxious about anything but bring our requests to Him.
Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6 (HCSB)
Dear one, He does not despise your prayers nor does He despise you. We can come to Him with all that is on our hearts knowing that He welcomes us and will respond to our request.