Thursday, February 04, 2010

Is Pleading, Trusting?

I get bad news about a friend, a tearful phone call, my kid has a problem, or I don't see any hope and I don't know what else to do. Only One can rescue.

"Please, Lord, please intervene. I'm asking for a miracle. Please, Lord. Please."

I'm pleading with God, shooting up a panicked appeal and something about begging God for what I think is best seems wrong. Guilt sets in.

Is pleading, trusting?

I'm reminded of my children begging to have their way. I find their pleading annoying, often giving me enough reason to decline their request.

Does God see my pleading that way?

I'm not asking to win the lottery or for personal gain. I'm beseeching Him for help only He can give on behalf of people I love. That can't be wrong, can it?

Except it feels wrong.

Is pleading trusting?

The Bible says, "Do not be anxious" and "let your requests me made known to God." Neither sounds like begging.

Yet David cried out to God all the time.

Listen to my prayer, O God, do not ignore my plea; hear me and answer me. My thoughts trouble me and I am distraught. (55:1-2)

Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me. . . (57:1)

Hasten, O God, to save me; O Lord, come quickly to help me. (70:1)

Rescue me, O Lord. . . (140:1)

O Lord, hear my prayer, listen to my cry for mercy; in your faithfulness and righteousness come to my relief. (143:1)

And David was called "a man after God's own heart."

Is pleading trusting?

Even while God says, "Trust Me," He remembers we are dust. He knows us. We may as well be honest. I've got a long way to go in learning to trust God, but coming to Him, even in my pleading, is a step in the right direction, forming a habit of taking everything to Him. The more I come, the more I enter His presence.

As I enter His presence, I am changed, seeing Him for the great God He is, giving me reason to trust. I will learn.

And I will keep coming, even if all I have is pleading.

Hear, O Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy. Guard my life, for I am devoted to you. You are my God; save your servant who trusts in you. Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I call to you all day long. Bring joy to your servant, for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.

Psalm 86:1-4


Jaime Kubik said...

I love your mind. It always amazes me. This was such a wonderful post. I kept thinking about the verse in Ephesians 6:18 "And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests." Reading "all kinds" to me means we can be real with God. Our Father knows we are only human. And whenever I am down, I always turn to the Psalms because it makes me feel better that David, a man after God's own heart, pleaded and worried and cried, but his focus was never off God.

Thank you for your wise words. Again.

Laurel@FromMyHeartToYours said...

I really love this post. God knows our hearts - he hears our pleas before we speak them...but He longs for our time, for our love, for our attention and all that we have to be His!

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