When You Can’t Stand, Kneel

Psalms, chapter 69, beginning at verse one: “Save me, O God! For the waters have come up to my neck. I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing; I have come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me. I am weary with my crying; my throat is dry; my eyes fail while I wait for my God.

We all have seasons like this one that David writes about, times when we are shaken by what has come our way and our self-assuredness starts crumbling all around our feet. Sometimes our circumstances come to remind us that we need someone greater than ourselves to get through this journey called life. Perhaps that’s why God calls Himself a friend who is closer to us than a brother. When we find ourselves in times like this, times of great need, here’s some good advice for you today: when you can no longer stand, kneel.

It’s time to pray.

God Has the Answer for the Cry of Every Heart

Exodus, chapter three, verses nine and ten: “Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel has come to Me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh, that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.

It’s amazing that God’s answer to the cry of an entire nation of people was found in an 80-year-old man who was living in the desert. We often pray with an idea in mind of what the answer to our prayer might be. God has the answer for the cry of every heart and every person, but it’s not often what we think.

Don’t despise the process of God in your life. Whether you are the answer for somebody else’s prayer or He’s preparing an unexpected answer to your prayers, God will show himself faithful to you and to all of His people, simply because He always has.

Remember, it’s time to pray.

A Compelling Invitation

The gospel of Luke chapter 14, beginning at verse 22: “And the servant said, ‘Master, it is done as you commanded, and still there is room.’ Then the master said to the servant, ‘Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.’

This story that Jesus spoke to us is about a man who prepared a great feast and invited anyone who wanted to come to his house. However, everyone ignored his kindness and excused themselves because they were busy.

In our society today, we too have become so busy that most prayer meetings in God’s house, if there are any, are empty. Yet, God in His mercy still sends out a message and messengers, an urgent one at that, that all things are ready for your provision, and you must come now.

It’s time to pray.

Praise Him

Psalms 103, verses one to ten: “Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits-who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagles. The Lord works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed. He made known his ways to Moses, his deeds to the people of Israel: The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.” (NIV)

Remember, it’s time to pray.

He Hears You and He is Answering

In Luke, chapter 18, verse one, Jesus began a parable by saying, “Men ought always to pray and not lose heart.” In our instant society, we’ve learned to push a button and expect things to instantly appear¬≠-a picture, a message, maybe a gift. We’ve adopted this same expectation with our prayer life. You may not see the answer to your prayer immediately the way you and I want to see it, but we must understand that the kingdom of God doesn’t work this way.

You see, His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts, as the prophet Isaiah once said. God hears our prayers and answers in His timing and in His way, not in ours. Some of you may be close to losing heart, if you haven’t lost it already. He’s not slow, though, concerning His promises and He has not forgotten you. Take time to pray and wait on the Lord. He hears you and He is answering you.

It’s time to pray.

Open Your Mouth

Proverbs, chapter 31, beginning at verse eight: “Open your mouth for the speechless, in the cause of all who are appointed to die. Open your mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.

If we truly want a spiritual awakening in our day, then we must expand the borders of our hearts and cease lifting our voices only for our own benefit. Just as children do, many of God’s people open their mouths just to see what new thing they can consume.

Self-focus in the house of God has greatly weakened the testimony of Christ in our society. We must now call out for the lives of those who can’t yet speak, but yet are appointed to die; and for those who do live, yet they live in poverty and disadvantage.

It’s time to pray.