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A Prayer in the Storm

Psalm 107 is a word of encouragement. It’s a hymn of thanksgiving to Almighty God for His deliverance from the falls of life. It’s a psalm that should give us renewed confidence to face every challenge that comes our way.thumb-1

Psalm 107:28 says, “Then they cry out to the Lord in their trouble, and He brings them out of their distresses.” A Bible study from Christianity Today says this:

If you’re at your wits’ end in the midst of the storm you have two options available. You can give up—you can decide the Christianity doesn’t work after all, your life is falling apart and God seems to be asleep, so let’s forget the whole thing. That’s one option.

Or, you can do what the disciples did in Mark 4. They went to Jesus and cried, “Don’t you care if we drown?” (Mark 4:38). Not the most eloquent prayer in Scripture, but it was certainly effective. In the midst of your storm you need to do the same thing: Cry out to God, and keep crying out to him until the storm passes.[1]

The disciples did exactly what the psalmist said to do. They cried out to God for help and He brought them out.

But the Psalm doesn’t leave us with just storms:

What does someone who is lost do?

Verse 6, “Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble and He delivered them out of their distress.”

What does a captive do when he is shut up in the prison house of his own making?

Verse 13 says, “Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble and He saved them out of their distress.”

And what does a patient in the ICU ward do when he or she has lost all hope?

Verse 19: “Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble and he saved them out of their distresses.”

Here’s the deal. It is exactly the same action in every situation. It’s God’s reminder to us that no matter what the problem is, no matter what the situation is, the only way out is the way up—prayers that cry out to Him.

So in every situation, it is a prayer unto Almighty God. He is anxious for us to cry out and trust Him. I encourage you, wherever you are, in the midst of stress or illness or strife, you need to know that God is there to help you if you will just reach out to Him and ask Him.

 

[1] Christianity Today International, Crash Course on Psalms, (Cincinnati, OH: Standard Publishing, 2009), 89

One response to “A Prayer in the Storm”

  1. Stphen R.Garcia says:

    Tks Pastor,
    Hello. we need too get on our knees to The One that can help.You hit the nail on the head Pastor. I pray that
    other men will bend their knees. Enjoy the time with the Lord its not a waste of time. Have time to golf or shoot the bull with a guy or guys for hours. Time for that.
    Thank You Pastor Steve