A Cry for Help

You who live in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, will say to the Lord, "My refuge and my fortress; my God in whom I trust." For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence; he will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, or the arrow that flies by day, or the pestilence that stalks in darkness, or the destruction that wastes at noonday......

Those who love me, I will deliver; I will protect those who know my name. When they call to me, I will answer them; I will be with them in trouble, I will rescue them and honor them. With long life I will satisfy them, and show them my salvation. Psalm 91: 1-6; 14-16 (NRSV)

Demi Oyinloye is from Ogun, Nigeria. She had been driving to a town almost 200 miles away for an annual professional conference. Demi had set out expecting the drive to be a fun adventure, but then her vehicle broke down. With no emergency roadside help available, Demi called some colleagues who were attending the same conference. Somehow, they passed by her and had to turn back to find her. It was getting dark; the situation was looking bleak, and Demi was getting scared. She uttered a desperate prayer, "Help me, Lord!" Her colleagues finally found her, and the story ended well.

So many times we find ourselves in bad situations, jumping into things without careful consideration or proper planning. We hope that everything will sort itself out. Often, by the time we realize our errors, we have already gotten to the point of no return.

Thankfully God does not care for us according to our faithfulness or intelligence but according to God's unconditional love and tender mercies. No matter how bleak the situation, God is only a prayer away. The eloquence of our prayers does not matter; a desperate cry from a needy heart is enough to catch God's attention.

Prayer: Dear Lord, remind us of your promise never to leave us or forsake us. Help us to turn to you - especially in threatening circumstances, in Jesus' name, amen.

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