Sometimes the Lord saves the best for last. In the longest chapter of the Bible, God unveils a secret about prayer in the final stanza of Psalm 119. According to this passage, whenever human beings experience disappointment without any logical explanation, people tend to stray from God and His commands. Before giving up all hope, many pour out their hearts to God, praying that their cries for answers will reach heaven’s ears.
May my cry come before you, LORD; give me understanding according to your word. – Psalm 119:169
One of the reasons I pray is to seek understanding for the trials I have endured. Although James 1:2-4 warns individuals to expect difficulty in life, the Bible also promises to hear our cries, Psalm 4:1. Thus, whenever anyone spreads out their hands toward heaven and does not receive any tangible signs of improvement, resentment is a typical reply. If these days of darkness persist, the disenfranchised will continue to grow, often going beyond the church doors to find answers to life.
May my supplication come before you; deliver me according to your promise. – Psalm 119:170
However, for those who follow in the footsteps of the persistent widow, Luke 18:1-8, one day you will see the hand of God at work. Upon receiving a response from heaven, a sensation of praise will overwhelm your lips. Perhaps this feeling led David to develop a heart of prayer while tending sheep in the fields, 1 Samuel 16:7. Although days of answered prayers may be few and far between, promises to bless, heal and protect keep me going, thirsting for more. May you resolve to keep on praying until your cries reach heaven’s ears, Psalm 119:169-176.
by Jay Mankus