Her voice was urgent… “LeRoy, hurry up! I need help NOW!”
It sent me scrambling! I dropped what I was doing and scurried to the room where she was… Whew!! It wasn’t a life-threatening emergency, but it required my immediate attention and assistance (and I was happy to provide it)!
“Hurry up! Help me!” – Not something we normally think appropriate to say to God! But nevertheless, something David, the psalmist, said in a prayer… Here it is, right from your Bible…
“Make haste, O God, to deliver me! O Lord, make haste to help me!”
And then he went on to say…
“May all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you! May those who love your salvation say evermore, ‘God is great!’ But I am poor and needy; hasten to help me, O God! You are my help and my deliverer; O Lord, do not delay!” (From Psalm 70)
There it is… “Hasten… make haste… do not delay” … Plain ol’ “Hurry up and help me!”
I don’t think it offends God at all! I think the heart of our “Heavenly Father” is moved by such requests (In fact, the Bible is filled with the stories of Him responding to that kind of cry in human emergencies!)
I’ve got to tell you, it might be a good idea to add the word “Please” to the request… and as a matter of reverence and spiritual courtesy, I’m inclined to do that… But depending on the emergency, I might just forget even that! (Don’t want to… but I might!)
I really believe He responds to those kinds of cries… way down here in “the other room” from “way up there in heaven!” His heart is “touched with the feeling of our infirmities!” (Hebrews 4:15-16) And as quickly as I dropped everything to respond to the urgent cry of my wife… He’ll respond to us!
Yes, I’m aware that harbored sin can hinder our prayer (check out Psalm 66:18 and Isaiah 59:1-2) … That’s why we need to stay on speaking terms with Him! But for the sincere child of God His ear is tuned and ready… and even for those that are “prodigal” – He’s ready to listen and respond to their cry!
I don’t know what crisis you’re in right now – what emergency you’re facing… Say it however you want to say it! “Holler to heaven” if you need to…Cry out “Oh Lord, make haste to help me!” or “Oh Lord, hurry up and help me!” Either way I think He’s listening!