This morning during my Bible reading during “Coffee with the Lord” I read a Psalm of David that I believe wonderfully expresses what to do when it seems you’ve got an impending crisis on your calendar – a developing disaster with a date on it – or terror that’s counting down on a timer…
Here’s what David did… HE PRAYED! (and prayed fervently)!!
“Hear my prayer, O LORD; give ear to my pleas for mercy! In your faithfulness answer me, in your righteousness! Enter not into judgment with your servant, for no one living is righteous before you. For the enemy has pursued my soul; he has crushed my life to the ground; he has made me sit in darkness like those long dead. Therefore my spirit faints within me; my heart within me is appalled. I remember the days of old; I meditate on all that you have done; I ponder the work of your hands. I stretch out my hands to you; my soul thirsts for you like a parched land. Answer me quickly, O LORD! My spirit fails! Hide not your face from me, lest I be like those who go down to the pit. Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul. Deliver me from my enemies, O LORD! I have fled to you for refuge. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God! Let your good Spirit lead me on level ground! For your name’s sake, O LORD, preserve my life! In your righteousness bring my soul out of trouble! And in your steadfast love you will cut off my enemies, and you will destroy all the adversaries of my soul, for I am your servant.” (Psalm 143 ESV)
You may be facing a critical situation – a developing disaster… I don’t know. But as I read these words today from the Bible I found myself saying, “If I were, I’d make these words of David my personal plea to God!” If you’re in that kind of situation today… Do it! (And it may help to know that I prayed for you as well!)