Day 4 – Wednesday January 18

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Day and night petition for help and relief in troubled times

 

Keys to Prayer

 

The Apostle John assures us that the light shines on in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it (John 1:5)
Even so, many of us go through seasons when all seems dark and God does not seem to be answering, at least not in ways that we can discern. Believers in many lands experience severe persecution, sometimes for years. Others experience depression, trouble in their families, or ongoing challenges to their health.

When God’s answers seem to be delayed, we rest ourselves not in our present experience but in the promises of a faithful and covenant-keeping God. At times like these, crying out to God day and night – as the Psalmist did – is a faithful response.

As if anticipating the hope of the Resurrection, the editors of the Psalter placed this darkest and bleakest of all Psalms immediately before Psalm 89 which begins with the confident affirmation “I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever”.

  • If you are going through a dark period, don’t allow yourself to turn away from God. Do as the Psalmist did, and cry out to Him day and night in your season of trouble until you begin to sense His light on your pathway again.
  • Whatever your present experience with God, let this Psalm spur you to pray for others for whom God currently seems distant, unreal or unresponsive.
  • Pray that they will have faith to cry out to Him day and night, that God’s heart will be moved by their cry, and that in the end they will be able to say with the author of Psalm 89 “I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever”.

Psalm 88:1-3, 9 (NIV)

Lord, you are the God who saves me; day and night I cry out to you.
May my prayer come before you; turn your ear to my cry.
I am overwhelmed with troubles and my life draws near to death.
I call to you, Lord, every day; I spread out my hands to you.

Psalm 89:1 (NKJV)

I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever;
With my mouth will I make known Your faithfulness to all generations.