Sunday, March 11, 2018

Psalm 22:1-3 NIV 2011

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish? My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, but I find no rest. Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; you are the one Israel praises.

 

Mark 15:34, “And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ‘Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani? (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”)’” The anguish in David’s prayer is mirrored in Christ’s words on the cross. David suffered persecution through no fault of his own just as Jesus suffered on the cross for the sins of those that follow Him. Though they both felt alone, God heard them. Psalm 10:1, “Why, Lord, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?” God hears the prayers of His own.

 

My heart is burdened today after learning of a sweet friend’s recent diagnosis: Leukemia. She’s the wife of a pastor, mother of five young children and wonderful woman of God not yet forty. She was a member of my Weight Watchers meeting in 2007 wanting to loose baby weight. As she lost weight we shared who we are in Christ and became friends. I prayed for God’s healing touch on her body and I know He hears my prayers.

 

Why does God hear our prayers?

 

Offering prayers daily,

S

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