“In the day of my trouble I will call to you, for you will answer me.”
Psalm 86:7 (NIV)
Our beloved Sheltie “Joey” is getting old. He is over 13 years old and has been such a wonderful family pet. However, Joey is showing his age in several ways. For example he is as deaf as a stump. When I wish to communicate with him, speaking is not an option. I need to use hand signals. It works fairly well, but I miss the ability to just speak to him.
Sometimes people can feel that God is deaf and does not listen to them. They wonder why the Psalmist could say what he does in our text for today. Well, I have written on the Job 23 situation on April 10 when we looked at Job’s sad cry that he could not find God to address Him in prayer about his problems. You may wish to look back to that devotional if this is your problem.
It seems that the Psalmist, whom we assume to be David, has been in trouble before and cried out to God for help and was heard. There is a real sense of confidence in his relationship with God. For David, prayer is something that is an excellent resource.
In the New Testament book of Hebrews, 11:6 we read, “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” (NIV). So when we come to God in prayer we are to be confident that He is there and does respond to our prayers.
I do not think it is taught anywhere in Scripture that you must have faith as a mountain in order to move a mustard seed (See Matthew 17:20). It is never a matter of much faith, it is simply faith of any amount.
One time a desperate father came to Jesus’ disciples for healing for his son but they could not cast out the demon that possessed the child. Then the man turned to Jesus as He drew near the scene and asked Him for assistance (Mark 9:14-27). The father said to Jesus, “If you can…help us.”. In other words the disciples could not help so he was not certain that Jesus could. He had some faith in Jesus but knew it was not great faith.
Jesus said to the man, “If you can?” “Everything is possible for him who believes.” The man then cried out, “I do believe, help me overcome my unbelief.” So we see that sometimes we may need to seek help from the Lord to strengthen our faith in times of trial.
Perhaps this is where you are today. You may not have the strong confidence of the Psalmist but there is faith in God. Call out to Him as this father did so long ago. Tell Him that you do believe but need help for more faith in Him. Be honest and let Him know what you need and desire. God is pleased to hear honest prayers of confession of need. He will not fail you. Keep after Him until you know you have been heard.