I’ve found myself crying out for “Help!” more frequently lately. Take one needy person, add a packed schedule, stir in some fearful lies from the enemy, pour in the ever-present knowledge of inadequacy, and you’ve got a recipe for a 911 call!
I’m in need of “Help!”
Last year, I started out every morning with this prayer from portions of Psalm 143. It’s a prayer filled with good requests. This week, we’re pulling that prayer apart and looking at what it conveys and how we can use this prayer to ask questions that God delights in answering.
The prayer opens with a request to “hear” something from God:
“Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust.” (v.8)
On Monday, I shared with you ways we can “hear” of His steadfast love and gave a few examples of what that love can look like. Yesterday, we explored ways to discern God’s will for our lives as we looked at the next phrase in that verse:
“Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.”
Today, let’s join the Psalmist in making a 911 call:
“Deliver me from my enemies, O Lord! I have fled to you for refuge!”
I’ve often skimmed over verses like this, thinking that this doesn’t really apply to me, I don’t have real “enemies.” Oh, how wrong I was! In fact, I have way too many enemies!
Let me introduce you to a few of my enemies:
- The Desire to Control
And that’s just to name a few! That’s not even counting the enemy of our souls:
“Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)
I’ve definitely got some ugly enemies and you do, too. The problem isn’t so much our enemies, but the real problem is choosing to ignore them or thinking we can handle them on our own.
When I’m indifferent to my enemies is when I really run into trouble!
When I stop running and cry out for “Help!” That opens the door for God to come to my rescue!
What does that 911 call to God look like?
For me, it looks like simply kneeling and pouring out the whole mess to God and allowing Him to open my eyes to heart issues or sins I need to confess.
That 911 call for help usually involves filling my heart with truth from His Word to reorient my thinking.
Often, I’ll include a truth-speaking friend on the call, and invite her to go with me in prayer and cry out to God for my need.
The necessary element on that call is grace:
And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. (2 Corinthians 12:9)
Making that call allows me to stand and fight in the battle:
[box]Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. (Ephesians 6:10–13)[/box]
The encouraging part of that call comes when I realize again that Jesus is my rescuer and “He’s got this!”
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:57)
Are you battling with any enemies today?
What does your 911 call sound like?