Thinking Man on Couch

"He Turned to Me and Heard My Cry"*

By Shelli Lott, Chapel Hill Recovery Ministry

It’s a good thing to pray.  Asking God for help changes things. I’m happily amazed by how many times the God of the universe tells us in His Word to call on Him. It’s not just in the New Testament; throughout the Old Testament it seems He is constantly pleading with His people to just ask Him for help. 

People in recovery need lots of prayer. And people helping those in recovery need lots of prayer. Next time you go to God to ask Him for help, please ask Him to bless and help His children who are wanting to make a fresh start. 

In reality, I suppose we all are “in recovery”: from wounds in our past, from broken or damaging relationships, from temptations, from thinking we are self-sufficient . . .

Father, help us to be mindful that we all are broken and in need of recovery, so that we will be merciful and patient when we interact with each other. Show us ways to offer Your encouragement and hope to those who are hurting or adrift. Remind of us of Your grace and help us to be like You by generously extending grace to others. Set reminders in our hearts to lift each other’s burdens to You in prayer. Help us remember that You want us to ask.

Need help with recovery? Contact Chapel Hill Recovery Ministry. Call our help line 405.507-7316 and your call will be returned within 24 hours. 

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*The title of this article is taken from Psalm 40. If you are feeling distressed and need help asking God to be responsive to your needs try reading this out loud: yell it, whisper it, sing it ... know that God will turn to you and hear your cry. "Do not delay."

Psalm 40 (NIV)

For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.

I waited patiently for the Lord;
   he turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
   out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
   and gave me a firm place to stand.
He put a new song in my mouth,
   a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear the Lord
   and put their trust in him.

Blessed is the one
   who trusts in the Lord,
who does not look to the proud,
   to those who turn aside to false gods.
Many, Lord my God,
   are the wonders you have done,
   the things you planned for us.
None can compare with you;
   were I to speak and tell of your deeds,
   they would be too many to declare.

Sacrifice and offering you did not desire—
   but my ears you have opened—
   burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not require.
Then I said, “Here I am, I have come—
   it is written about me in the scroll.
I desire to do your will, my God;
   your law is within my heart.”

I proclaim your saving acts in the great assembly;
   I do not seal my lips, Lord,
   as you know.
I do not hide your righteousness in my heart;
   I speak of your faithfulness and your saving help.
I do not conceal your love and your faithfulness
   from the great assembly.

Do not withhold your mercy from me, Lord;
   may your love and faithfulness always protect me.
For troubles without number surround me;
   my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see.
They are more than the hairs of my head,
   and my heart fails within me.
Be pleased to save me, Lord;
   come quickly, Lord, to help me.

May all who want to take my life
   be put to shame and confusion;
may all who desire my ruin
   be turned back in disgrace.
May those who say to me, “Aha! Aha!”
   be appalled at their own shame.
But may all who seek you
   rejoice and be glad in you;
may those who long for your saving help always say,
   “The Lord is great!”

But as for me, I am poor and needy;
   may the Lord think of me.
You are my help and my deliverer;
   you are my God, do not delay.