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Prayers of the Heart

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Reading: Psalm 22: 1-2

Verse 1: “Why are you so far from saving me, so far from the words of my groaning”?

Today’s passage opens with a line that is familiar to us. As Jesus hung on the cross, He uttered these words: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me”? It was an honest and deeply rooted expression of the sorrow and pain that He was feeling in that moment. At times we too want to shout out these words. In the searing pain of that sudden, unexpected loss, we feel the urge to cry out to God. In the depth of the valley that we have been walking through for a long time, we get to the point where we have lost hope and want to give up. Here, we too want to shout out to God. A deep part of our soul knows that the promise says God will never leave us, but in that moment we cry out because we feel all alone. In expressing it, we are asking God to prove us wrong, to be present in our pain and suffering.

In our Psalm, David goes on to write, “Why are you so far from saving me, so far from the words of my groaning?” and reminds God that he has been crying out day and night. In these words we hear the longing to once again feel that relationship with God, to once again feel God’s presence. The longing is for that close connection that we are not feeling then as it seems our prayers are going unheard and unanswered. In asking the question, in stating our actions, we are admitting our need for God to save us and to reconnect to us in our time of deep need.

These verses drip with honest pain and a searching for God’s presence. In remembering Jesus’ prayer on the cross and in being reminded that David cried out to God, we are empowered to do the same. In their examples we see it is good to express the deep need for God in heartfelt and raw words of prayer. If it is such a season now, may we cry out to God. If not, it is a good reminder that we can bring any prayer of our heart to God. May we pray the prayers of our hearts today.

Lord, hear the cry of my heart today. Bend your ear to my pleas. Be the sure presence that I need in my life. Amen.

2 thoughts on “Prayers of the Heart

  1. SO TRUE , WE ALL CRY OUT TO, “”WHY””” LORD, I FIND BECAUSE I WANT, “””MY”””WAY,
    AND GOD WILL HAVE “”HIS”” WAY, AS OUR FATHER KNOWS BEST, EVEN WHEN WE CANT SEE IT NOW…

    I PRAY FOR THE PAIN MY DAUGHTER HAVING IN HER HEAD TO GO AWAY, 3 DAYS OF IT MAKES HER LOOK PALE, My GOD, MY GOD WHY CANT CANCER ALL GO AWAY, AS THE WIND BLOWS ACROSS THE GRASS. WHY DO SO MANY PEOPLE IN THE WORLD SUFFER SO. O MY GOD I CRY OUT TO YOU IN THE DAY TIME AND IN THE NIGHT, HEAR ME O LORD.

    YOU ARE HOLY, I HONOR AND PRAISE YOUR NAME , I ASKING IN YOUR NAME , FOR HEALING , FOR MY DAUGHTER TAKE HER PAIN AND , LET IT GO FAR FROM HER AS THE WIND BLOWS.
    I LOVE YOU LORD .
    LET HER WAKE WITH NO PAIN. THANK YOU FOR THIS DAY. ..
    AMEN

  2. I too join the prayer of your heart, crying for relief for your daughter. O God, free her from the pain!! Amen.

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