“Bend down, O Lord, and hear my prayer; answer me, for I need your help. Protect me, for I am devoted to you. Save me, for I serve you and trust you. You are my God. Be merciful to me, O Lord, for I am calling on you constantly. Give me happiness, O Lord, for I give myself to you. O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive, so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help. Listen closely to my prayer, O Lord; hear my urgent cry. I will call to you whenever I’m in trouble, and you will answer me. No pagan god is like you, O Lord. None can do what you do! All the nations you made will come and bow before you, Lord; they will praise your holy name. For you are great and perform wonderful deeds. You alone are God. Teach me your ways, O Lord, that I may live according to your truth! Grant me purity of heart, so that I may honor you. With all my heart I will praise you, O Lord my God. I will give glory to your name forever, for your love for me is very great. You have rescued me from the depths of death. O God, insolent people rise up against me; a violent gang is trying to kill me. You mean nothing to them. But you, O Lord, are a God of compassion and mercy, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness. Look down and have mercy on me. Give your strength to your servant; save me, the son of your servant. Send me a sign of your favor. Then those who hate me will be put to shame, for you, O Lord, help and comfort me.”
Help!!! It’s a phrase I constantly find myself repeating day after day in this life. After trying to do things out of my own strength and find all of the solutions to all my problems out of what I got, by the end I come back to the root of the problem. I need help. I can’t figure out everything on my own and I definitely can’t do it out of what I got because what we have isn’t enough. I don’t know what you cry out in help over, maybe it’s a sin or addiction you’ve battled for quite some time and you know you need to change but don’t know how. Maybe it’s a dispute between someone close to you, a problem that no matter how hard you try to fix, you only make it worse when you approach it. Maybe it’s a tough circumstance you’ve got surrounding you that no matter what you do you feel there’s no way out, you’re overwhelmed with fear, worry, and doubt. Those are different things I need help with and no matter who you are or what your situation, we all need help.
For me the hardest part about help isn’t just needing it but admitting I need it. It’s tough to put your pride and “I’m good” attitude to the side. Admitting that you need help even to yourself is hard. I constantly find myself not reaching out to others or the Lord for help because I’ve dulled the magnitude of my need for it so low. It’s listening to the lies we tell ourselves like, “I’m good, I’ll figure it out one day, it’s really not that bad”, and the biggest “I’ll never beat this anyways.”
Until I read this prayer from David in Psalms, the Lord opened up my eyes to see how desperately I needed help. Since I didn’t think I needed it, why would I take my need to the biggest support system I have in the people around me and most importantly the only One who can meet my needs in the Lord. That’s just the power of God’s Word! He opens us up to see our weakness and need for help, our need for Him! Seeing this example of prayer and the way each word speaks so much truth to the lives we live, I didn’t feel the need to just ask for help but talk to the Lord and ask Him to help me see more clearly the help I desperately need. It’s scary to think we could go our whole lives with that “I’ll be fine, I got this” attitude and not even realize we need help. How will we ever change? How will we ever walk out our lives more submitted to God, to be more Christ-like on the daily, to get out of the bad circumstances we’ve found ourselves in?
Asking for help isn’t as bad as we make it out to be, it’s just the truth. Don’t wait around and overlook your need because I can tell how much time it wastes. Look to these truths in the Word and really ask God what He’s telling you, pray over them, take everything to Him whether you think it’s something you need help with or not. He’ll open your eyes to see the truth. Just reach out to Him, reach out to others, ask for help or just receive the help that’s already all around you. As I looked at myself and how much I’ve denied these facts over the years, my challenge to myself and you is embrace the truth of the needs we have, embrace admitting it. The good thing is there is so much support and victory over what’s getting you down with Jesus right by your side and with the people in your life that would help you in whatever way they could.
I know I need all the help I can get so like I’ve always said in the God Gold messages, if you’ve got some Gold to share don’t be scared to send it my way! I’ll take all of it I can get! Also, if you need help in any area, if you need prayer, to talk, or you just have a question, I may not have the answer but I know the One who does. Just reach out to me by the blog page, message me on the Facebook page and literally my phone number is 864-784-3592. I’m serious, if you need help whether I know you or not just hit me up because I understand where you’re at and I’ll do whatever I can to help!