Have you ever felt like you are at the end of the rope and losing your grip?
That moment when you wonder . . . what in the world do I do now?
Heman was a musician during the reign of King David who helped lead the celebration for the return of the Ark of the Covenant. We don’t know the exact circumstances but Heman had reached the end of the rope. He was in misery and there was no relief in sight.
What did he do?
He took his problem and pain to God.
O Lord, God of my salvation,Psalm 88:1–2
I cry out to you by day.
I come to you at night.
Now hear my prayer;
listen to my cry.
Day or night. Anytime at all. God is there ready to listen to the cries of His children.
- When your doctor tells you there’s no hope.
- When you’ve been rejected and forsaken by someone you love.
- When your feelings of depression are overwhelming.
- When your debt feels impossible to overcome.
- When your crushing pain never ends.
- When your grief feels unendurable.
Whenever we need help, we can go to our Heavenly Father with the honest expression of our anguish.
Heman didn’t sugarcoat the cries of his heart.
He felt forsaken, forgotten, and cut off from God’s care. He felt trapped, rejected, and helpless. And he took every bit of it to God in prayer.
The Life Application Bible Notes say…
When we bring our unedited feelings to God, we allow Him to point out where they are incomplete. We are in trouble whenever we give our feelings divine authority or assume that God can’t handle what we feel.
That’s why the Word prompts us to pray and turn to God’s promises.
Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you. (1 Peter 5:7)
For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” (2 Corinthians 1:20)
Let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive His mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. (Hebrews 4:16)
He said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)
Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. (Hebrews 10:23
So, whatever you need . . . when you are at the end of the rope, grip your hands together in prayer and cry out to God. You can trust Him to keep His promises.
He will hold you. He will strengthen you. He will give you mercy and grace sufficient for your weakness. He will give you what you need to endure each day. And He will affirm in you the hope you have in Him.
A Prayer for When You Are at the End of the Rope
Father, Thank you for inviting us to come to You in prayer. Your Word tells us to never stop praying and to pray with persistence. (1 Thessalonians 5 and Luke 11) Through Jesus’ sacrifice, You invite us into Your presence honestly and boldly. You understand our feelings. You welcome our thankful joy and our pleas for help.
Jesus, Thank you for encouraging me to bring my heavy burdens to You. Thank you for assuring me that You are willing and able to help me carry my pain and problems. You don’t want me to live overwhelmed and unable. You want me to hold tight to the promise that I am “able to do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” When I’m at the end of the rope, You remind me that You are there to catch me when I fall.
Spirit, Thank you for helping me. Thank you for teaching me the TRUTH of the Father’s love and promises. Thank you for helping me KNOW, TRUST, and LOVE Jesus. Thank you for guiding me with wisdom and for leading me according to the Father’s will.
Lord God, Please wrap Your arms around me and help me hold on. When I am too exhausted to hold on to You please hold on to me. Your Word says that You will never abandon me. I trust You. I believe You are able to give me the strength I need each day. Thank you for hearing my prayer. Thank you for giving me hope. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
The Life Application Notes say that Psalm 88 is “one of the few Psalms that gives no answer or expression of hope. Don’t think that you must always be cheerful and positive. Grief and depression take time to heal. No matter how low we feel, we can always take our problems to God and express our anguish to Him.”
So, if you’re having trouble holding on to the end of the rope, look up. Pray. Honestly tell God about your pain and problems. Ask Him for help. And open your heart to His gracious love.
He will guide you, strengthen you, and give you peace. He will even catch you if you fall. You can trust His promises.
And with His help, you will be able to look back and know this truth with confidence…
I can do all things through Christ, who gives me strength.Philippians 4:13
May God bless you and give you everything you need to hold on.
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