Many in our world are living through a season that could be defined as a “time of distress.”
What is distress?
It’s defined as…
- Living with great pain, anxiety, or sorrow; acute physical or mental suffering.
- A time of affliction or trouble.
- A state of great need or misfortune.
And has the following synonyms…
No one volunteers for a time of distress. Truly, if there were sign-up sheets, no one would sign up.
No, thank you!
Psalm 102 begins like this…
Lord, hear my prayer!Psalm 102:1–2
Listen to my plea!
Don’t turn away from me
in my time of distress.
Bend down to listen,
and answer me quickly when I call to you.
The writer didn’t stop there, he went on to say that his heart is sick, he’s lost his appetite, he’s alone, and his tears are plentiful. Things are so bad, that his enemies are piling on with taunts, mockery, and curses. (v. 4–11)
But all of a sudden, his thoughts turn from his problems to the Lord…
But You, O Lord, will sit on Your throne forever.Psalm 102:12
Your fame will endure to every generation.
He remembered God’s promises…
You will arise and have mercy on Jerusalem—Psalm 102:13
and now is the time to pity her,
now is the time You promised to help.
And that regardless of what was going on in his life, God was and is living, unchangeable, and infinite. He trusted that he could go to God in faith and say, “Now is the time to help.”
There will always be pain and problems sometimes and somewhere. Corporately and individually we will go through terrible times of distress. But God is faithful and when we turn to Him we will never have to face our difficult seasons alone.
So, let’s look at some of God’s promises that can help us when we’re facing our time of distress.
Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.Isaiah 41:10
Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you.
I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.
So 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:!6
And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from His glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.Philippians 4:19
“O Sovereign Lord! You made the heavens and earth by Your strong hand and powerful arm. Nothing is too hard for You!Jeremiah 32:17
Give your burdens to the Lord,Psalm 55:22
and He will take care of you.
He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.
A Prayer for Hope in a Terrible Time of Distress
Father, thank you for inviting me to come to You in prayer. You have promised that when I humbly come to You in the name of Jesus, You hear my prayers and listen to my pleas. (1 Timothy 2:5) Your Word promises that You will not turn away in my time of distress. I thank and praise You!
Lord, so many of Your people are suffering with illness, relationship problems, persecution, financial struggles . . . they are facing agony, adversity, anguish, and affliction. But Your Word promises that our problems are temporary. (2 Corinthians 4:17) It says that when we compare our temporary problems to Your eternal promises we can endure any and all circumstances with hope and strength. (2 Corinthians 4:18 and Philippians 4:13)
I give myself to You. I surrender my moments and my circumstances. Please give me courage and strength, peace and patience, faithfulness, joy, and self-control. Please help me fully trust Your promises to supply my needs through Your grace, mercy, and love. Please remove fear and discouragement. Please hold me up with Your victorious right hand.
By the power of Your Spirit, I will SEEK You above all else for You alone fill my future with hope. Amen.
Whatever your troubles and however terrible your time of distress always remember that the Lord is with you.
The enemy wants us to believe that God has turned away. He wants us to doubt God’s love. That’s why it’s important for us to cling to God’s promises. Because of Jesus, our Heavenly Father will never leave us or forsake us.
He faithfully keeps His promises…
The Lord always keeps His promises;Psalm 145:13b
He is gracious in all He does.
And His love lasts forever…
May our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father encourage you and strengthen you in every good thing you do and say. God loved us, and through His grace He gave us a good hope and encouragement that continues forever.2 Thessalonians 2:!6–17 (NCV)
May the Lord be with you and bless you through every season of your life.
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