Pilgrimage OLS — Week Six #1

How is your life of prayer these days? Have you learned the absolute necessity of carrying everything to the Lord in prayer? Do you realize your need for Him today? There is a story of a woman who was telling her friend about all her troubles. She named them one by one to her friend. Overwhelmed with worry and concern, she said to her friend, “Things have gotten so bad I finally had to pray.” Her friend responded, “Oh no! Has it come to that!” We laugh at stories like this because we are so aware of the fact that prayer is our first line of action and certainly not an activity of last resort. However, in real life scenarios, we often wait until the last minute to pray.

Paul encouraged his disciple Timothy with these words:

I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them.
1 Timothy 2:1 NLT

Oh, these are such great words of instruction for us. I urge you, first of all to pray. Here we see the priority of prayer. We need, more than anything, to cultivate prayer as a first priority. Talking with God, communion with Him, and pouring out our soul to our Lord – these are the things of utmost importance as we walk through everyday life. Do we, as the hymn encourages, “carry everything to God in prayer?”

I have wondered, sometimes, if we become lax at prayer, because we do not know if God will answer. Due to uncertainty as to God’s plan, we let things happen, rather than actively engaging with God in the heat of a trial. It’s important to remember the heart and instruction of God here. He wants us to pray. He responds to our cries. Jesus taught that we should always pray and not give up (Luke 18:1). If God is asking me to pray, then that’s enough for me. It’s been said that prayer is not overcoming God’s reluctance, but laying hold of His greatest willingness.

In Week 6, Days 1-3 of Pilgrimage of the Heart, we studied The Prayer of the Pilgrim in Psalm 107. Oh I love this psalm. I think we see here, more than anywhere, the great value of prayer. Four life events are described where the people of God are in trouble and great distress. And in all four events they came to the end of themselves and did something that completely and radically transformed their lives. “They cried out to the LORD in their trouble” (Psalm 107:6, 13, 19, 28). The result was that the Lord saved them and delivered them from their distress. Oh what a lesson for us today. It’s simple. Profound. Life-changing. Let’s learn from the psalmist today this most important lesson – cry out to the Lord in your trouble. God hears, God answers, and God delivers. Oh how great our Lord is.

Dear friend, I want to encourage you today to cry out to the Lord in your trouble. When you finally see His answer and response and deliverance you will, as the psalmist said, “Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; His love endures forever” (Psalm 107:1). He is able to turn the desert into pools of water and the parched ground into flowing springs (Psalm 107:35). So today, dear friend, “consider the great love of the LORD” (Psalm 107:43), and cry out to Him with every need, trouble, and desire.

Your assignment this next week is to continue on in Pilgrimage of the Heart Week 6, Days 1-3, The Prayer of the Pilgrim.

♥ God bless you as you continue this great adventure of knowing Him!

Catherine

Sola Scriptura

What is God teaching you as you have lived in Psalm 107 in Week 6, Days 1-3 of Pilgrimage of the Heart?
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