Daily Devotional: Psalms 69:13-18
13 But I pray to you, O LORD, in the time of your favor; in your great love, O God, answer me with your sure salvation. 14 Rescue me from the mire, do not let me sink; deliver me from those who hate me, from the deep waters. 15 Do not let the floodwaters engulf me or the depths swallow me up or the pit close its mouth over me. 16 Answer me, O LORD, out of the goodness of your love; in your great mercy turn to me. 17 Do not hide your face from your servant; answer me quickly, for I am in trouble. 18 Come near and rescue me; redeem me because of my foes.
37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” 39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”
7 During the days of Jesus' life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.
There could be no better example for us in trusting God and praying to him in our times of need than Jesus. We can only imagine the anguish that he suffered as he endured the days leading up to his torture and death. He was keenly aware of the pain and suffering he would have to endure as well as the extreme mockery and humiliation. But far beyond all of this, he was about to take on the guilt of our sin, even though he had never sinned himself. The result of this was that his Father would turn his back on him as he died because he was dying as a sinner. Yet, even then he cried out to the Father as he said: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Jesus knew our worst pain and took it to his loving Father.
But Jesus did not start praying at this point of his life. He had spent much time in prayer in every situation. We must learn to be praying people – even as he was.
Heavenly Father, help me be more devoted to prayer as I learn to lean on you in every situation. But help me be more thankful for all you do for me and all you give me in my life. You have blessed me beyond what I can even know and I thank you and praise you. Thank you for being with me in times of trials and helping me endure. Thank you for giving me strength to overcome temptations and thank you for forgiving me when I have failed. Lord, I don’t want to be selfish so I ask your blessings on others. Use me in your service to them. I pray in Jesus name.