Our deepest prayers are usually the ones we find ourselves saying over and over under our breath as we go about our daily routine. I believe these prayers are a window into our current spiritual condition. Moreover if we are still in need of some growing up in our spiritual walk (and who isn’t), these prayers may also be a window into our current life situation as a whole. If life is currently treating us well we will most likely go about our days in gratitude to God for all His blessings. It is when life becomes more difficult that our prayers may show signs of the pressure we are feeling.
Lately, I find my deepest prayers coming back to the same three words— “Help me God.” The words are filled with desperation as I am often feeling overwhelmed, looking for guidance, and in great need of some rescuing. My savior is the perfect place to look for all these things, but maybe my constant calling for help isn’t the best form of prayer.
Are my constant calls for help a sign that I am falling short in the area of faith? Do these prayers show I am not standing on the word of God? To a certain degree, I believe these statements are true. I am thankful that I can always run to my Abba Father, crawl into His lap and find refuge. However, I must also remember I am equipped by my Father to go to battle. Sometimes I need to take the weapon God has provided for me— the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God— and use it with a vengeance.
So I will be working on replacing my help me prayers with promises from the word of God.
"Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you." (1Peter 5:7)
"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." (Isaiah 41:10)
"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28)
"I can do everything through him who gives me strength." (Philippians 4:13)
"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us." (Ephesians 3:20)
"Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me." (Psalm 23:4)
Abba Father, thank you for your promise to never leave me, or forsake me. Help me to remember that you are the stronghold of my life so I have nothing to fear. And thank you that although I know I need to take my sword and stand, I am always welcome to come to you and say, “Help me God”, and you will answer.