I've had days when I wanted to scream why at the sky, days when I've actually done just that. My pleading ascends to God desperately, begging Him to answer my prayers, wondering why He chooses not to. My ways are not His ways, but sometimes in the dark of night when I'm trying to pray, feeling as though my voice is just bouncing off the ceiling, I want to bow my head in utter defeat.
Yet, in that same darkness I hear a voice, one that begins as a mere wisp of the subconscious, and then builds stronger and stronger until I realize it's a voice I recognize, a voice I've come to rely on with all my heart and soul. It's the voice of my Lord and Savior and He's saying over and over again:
"Praise Me, even though you believe you're walking alone in the darkness."
"Praise Me, even when you feel helpless, hopeless and lost."
"Praise Me, even when you don't understand."
One day the sky is going to split wide open and our risen Lord will descend on the clouds to gather us home. I yearn for the day when I finally have all my answers, but until then I will choose to praise Him.(1 Thes 4:16)
When I feel hopeless because I can't remove a friend's pain, I will praise Jehovah-rapha, the LORD that heals. (Exodus 15:26)
When I can't understand why some prayers go unanswered, I will praise El Roi, the God who sees. (Genesis 16:11-14)
When I want nothing more than to run away and hide, I will praise Jehovah-rohi, the Lord my Shepherd. (Psalm 23:1)
When my fears seem to be far more than I can handle, I will praise Jehovah-elyon, The Creator. (Genesis 1:1)
When everything in me screams for answers, I will praise El Shaddai, the All Sufficient One. (Psalm 92)
Please pray with me:
My heart cries out for the ones who are continually burdened with pain. I don't have the answers or the understanding for why You don't heal them, so instead I'm going to continue to put my faith in You, and praise You through it all.
In Your name I pray,
Jaynes, Sharon, "28 Names of God in the Old Testament," taken from the book Building an Effective Women's Ministry, Harvest House Pub., 2005.
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