Answer me when I call to you, O my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; be merciful to me and hear my prayer. How long, O men, will you turn my glory into shame? How long will you love delusions and seek false gods? Know that the LORD has set apart the godly for himself; the LORD will hear when I call to him. In your anger do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent. Offer right sacrifices and trust in the LORD. Many are asking, “Who can show us any good?” Let the light of your face shine upon us, O LORD. You have filled my heart with greater joy than when their grain and new wine abound. I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.
Have you ever prayed to God and felt like no one is listening?
Sometimes when we pray, we can feel like we are just talking to ourselves. We can feel like our prayers aren’t doing anything. Sometimes this can lead us to belief God doesn’t care or maybe we aren’t saying “the right words.”
In this Psalm, David is asking God to hear his prayers and answer him. Sometimes we can get to a point with a situation in our lives that we need an answer from God.
It’s ok to pray this way, but don’t get angry at God when the answer isn’t what you wanted. Sometimes God does things or allows things to happen that make us angry, frustrated or even doubt Him. But what we have to understand is, it’s not our job to critique or completely understand God, but it’s our just to trust and obey Him. We have to come to the point were we have complete faith in Him that He holds the day and He is working no matter what. There is no “right” formula of words that we can pray to move God. We pray and let Him know our needs and trust Him no matter what.
What are you asking God for right now in your life?
What prayers do you feel aren’t being answered?
Do you trust that no matter what, God is working?
I want to encourage you that God does hear your prayers and is working on your behalf, even if you can’t tell right at this moment.