There are occasions when we wish to have immediate answers for our prayers. Being frustrated, tormented, or oppressed, we desire a quick solution. However, God seems to be ‘not in a hurry’ as we are. David also had similar experiences. He felt that his enemies were more than the number of hairs on his head. Yet, he provides the right attitude for a model prayer in hostile situations.
“But as for me, my prayer is to you, O Lord. At an acceptable time, O God, in the abundance of your steadfast love answer me in your saving faithfulness.” (Psalms 69:13) There are five principles we can learn.
1) Lord: The word Lord means God is Sovereign Lord. He acknowledges the Lordship of Jehovah over all creation, including his situation. His faith in almighty God, who can do wonders. Sovereign God rules the earth in righteousness, hence appealing to Him is appropriate.
2) God: David calls upon God who is a God of the Covenant. He makes covenants with His people and fulfils His obligation, even when His people fail. This faith covenant and relationship is the basis for prayers.
3) Acceptable time: David understands that God works on his own timetable. He will neither be pressured by a tyrant called urgent or emergency nor be hindered due to any reason. A child of God is expected to align with God’s timing.
4) Abundance of love: David knew that all things work together for good for those who love Him. (Romans 8:28) All that happens in a person’s life is allowed by a loving father. His love is for our good, benefit, progress, and welfare. Certainly, His love is unconditional and inexhaustible.
5) Saving faithfulness: God knows our strength, stamina and weakness; hence he does not allow overload that could destroy us. Even amid trial, the Lord creates a remarkable way to save us. (I Corinthians 10:13) Our Lord is mighty to save, willing to save and eager to save.
How do I pray during distress?