My friend had a need I could not meet. I told another friend and he provided for her need.
Jesus told us that prayer is like that. “Suppose you went to a friend’s house at midnight, wanting to borrow three loaves of bread. You say to him, ‘A friend of mine has just arrived for a visit and I have nothing for him to eat . . . if you keep knocking long enough, he will get up and give you whatever you need because of your shameless persistence (Luke 11:5-8).'”
In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me (Psalm 120:1).
David “appealed to him who has all men’s hearts in his hand . . . He obtained a gracious answer to this prayer.”*
*Matthew Henry, The Matthew Henry Commentary, p. 715.
“Sometimes the doctor calls with the awful news, your car breaks down on the side of the road for the fifth time in a month, or life just doesn’t go as planned. When that happens, gratitude is never your (my) first response.
There’s no formula for expressing gratitude when you’re too numb to respond, so I don’t have an answer here. The best idea I can give: tell your unedited feelings to the One who sees—and years down the road, if time has healed enough to show you any positive outcome from the situation, say thank you then.”* (bold mine)
Thanks be to God for His Gift, [precious] beyond telling — His indescribable, inexpressible, free Gift (2 Corinthians 9:15 AMP).
The gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23).
Stop. Pause. Think.
Ponder in your own hearts, and be silent. Selah
Put your trust in the Lord (from Psalm 4:4-5).
Pharaoh asked Moses to . . .
“Plead with the Lord to take the frogs away” (Exodus 8:8).
“Plead for me” (Exodus 8:28).
“Plead with the Lord for me, for there has been enough of God’s thunder and hail
“Plead with the Lord your God only to remove this death from me” (Exodus 10:17).
Pharaoh saw God answer prayer. So can you.
“When the people of Israel cried out to the Lord, the Lord raised up a deliverer” (Judges 3:9).
When you cry out for help, the Lord will deliver you.