When I think I’m going under, part the waters, Lord;
When I feel the waves around me, calm the sea;
When I cry for help, O hear me, Lord
And hold out Your hand
Touch my life, still the raging storm in me.
(-From the song “Part the Waters”)
I immediately solicited input from some friends via text. Most of them replied that it’s not a selfish prayer at all, but an honest one, in fact not unlike David’s psalms when he was beset by great troubles. I guess they’re right. Nothing wrong or selfish about pleading to God for deliverance when life’s storms assail us.
However, could it be that a cry for help, although valid in itself, is an incomplete prayer-response to difficulty? My knee-jerk reaction to suffering or difficulty is to want immediate resolution or deliverance, as though problems were life’s anomalies instead of expected occurrences. (Didn’t Jesus say that, “In this world, you will have troubles…”) What would happen if I looked at suffering differently – honestly admitting my weakness to deal with it apart from God’s help and pleading with Him to intervene, while at the same time truly seeking His will (which may or may not mean my idea of deliverance) for this my cup?
For now my humble prayer is, Father, help me to suffer well – for your glory.