Can you help me? This was the plea of many people in the Bible. Jairus asked for help to heal his daughter. The beggar who was blind and sitting along the road asked for help. Lazarus’ family asked for help. Many people asked for help, and the Lord never chased them away. He helped them.
In teaching his disciples about prayer, Jesus reminds us it is okay to ask the Lord for help.
Luke 11:3-4 says, “Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation.”
In other words, “Lord, can you help me?” We have permission to request help.
In an ever-changing, chaotic, imperfect world, we can ask the Lord for help.
When our morning is off to a bad start, we’ve overslept, kids fighting, and waffles burning, we can ask the Lord for help. He will help us.
When we are feeling overwhelmed and stressed at work, we can ask the Lord for help. He will help us.
When we are forced to decide and every choice seems wrong, we can request the Lord’s help. He will help us.
When we become impatient or angry too quickly, we can put in a change request with the Lord. Our Heavenly Dad knows we are not perfect, and we still need to grow, so he is more than willing to help us.
1 John 3:2 says, “We are already God’s children, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears but we do know that we will be like him for we will see him as he really is.”
When we’re wrestling with guilt from yesterday’s mistakes, we can ask the Lord to take it away. He will help.
Psalm 103:12 says, “He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.”
When you and I are struggling just to make it through another day, we can call on the Lord, and he will help us.
When we have little issues or life-changing events, we can say, “Lord, can you help me?” He will help us.
The Lord helped David.
King David needed the Lord’s help in his life. We know David made many mistakes and spent much time dealing with adverse situations. He was not afraid to ask for help, and the Lord helped him.
David writes in Psalm 86:1-5, “Bend down, O Lord, and hear my prayer. Answer me for I need your help. Protect me for I am devoted to you. Save me for I serve you and trust you. You are my God. Be merciful to me, O Lord, for I am calling on you constantly. Give me happiness, O Lord, for I give myself to you. O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive, so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help.”
We can ask our Dad for help. He will not be upset with us for needing help. He will compassionately and graciously help you and me.
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Want an Additional Resource?
Before Amen: The Power of a Simple Prayer by Max Lucado is a great resource on prayer.