I will extol you, O Lord, for you have drawn me up, and did not let my foes rejoice over me. O Lord my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me. O Lord, you brought up my soul from Sheol, restored me to life from among those gone down to the pit.
Sing praises to the Lord, O you his faithful ones, and give thanks to his holy name. For his anger is but for a moment; his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning. Psalm 30:1-5 (NRSV)
To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. O my God, in you I trust; do not let me put to shame; do not let my enemies exult over me. Psalm 25: 1-2 (NRSV)
Kausar Amen is from Punjab, Pakistan. When his parents died, his younger brother and Kausar lived together. Their financial situation was difficult. His brother drove a bus and Kausar was a schoolteacher. Then Kausar was diagnosed with a brain tumor in addition to the lung problems that make breathing difficult for him.
When his brother became engaged, it was his responsibility as the older sibling to plan the wedding. As the wedding date was set, Kausar knelt down and prayed: "O my Lord, help us to fulfill all the necessary arrangements for the wedding."
God answered his prayer. Their friends and family offered their help and support. By the grace of God, all the wedding preparations went smoothly without any hindrance. Kausar's heart was filled with joy.
This experience strengthened his firm belief in God and in prayer. God listens to our prayers and fulfills our needs and requests when we pray with trust, faith, hope, and confidence.
Prayer: God of all comfort, help us to trust that you are with us in all situations, especially in times of trouble, in Jesus' name, amen