How Long?

how longMy soul also is greatly troubled;
But You, O Lord—how long?  Psalm 6:3  NKJV

If you have been praying and praying, day after day, month after month, year after year for the same thing, you know the feelings of the psalmist who wrote Psalm 13.  You know the pain and the heartache of waiting and waiting and waiting.  And God knows your hurts, too.  He has plans to answer at just the right time.  Please don’t give up, my prayer friend.

For so long I prayed for another baby.  I knew that God had put this desire in my heart and it was in line with His will.  So, what was taking so long?  Then my husband started praying and soon we were expecting, but we lost that baby, and the next one, and the next one.  Oh, what indescribable heartache!  I cried out to Jesus, “How long, O Lord?”

We kept praying, and after almost 12 years since our last child, God gave us a new baby, our sweet blessing, Joel.  Whenever I am discouraged, I hug my Joel and remember that God loves me and really does hear my prayers.  He hears your prayers, too.

Today’s TEA CUPP:  Pray Psalm 13 today. Give your hopes and burdens to Jesus.

How long, O Lord? Will You forget me forever?
How long will You hide Your face from me?
How long shall I take counsel in my soul,
Having sorrow in my heart daily?
How long will my enemy be exalted over me?

Consider and hear me, O Lord my God;
Enlighten my eyes,
Lest I sleep the sleep of death;
Lest my enemy say,
“I have prevailed against him”;
Lest those who trouble me rejoice when I am moved.

But I have trusted in Your mercy;
My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation.
I will sing to the Lord,
Because He has dealt bountifully with me.  Psalm 13 (NKJV)

New King James Version (NKJV)The Holy Bible, New King James Version Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.


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