Help In Time of Need

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This week’s Memory Selection:

“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16 [KJV]


Help In Time of Need

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Garvin Alfter

Everyone that I know has at one point or another in their life experienced a time when the circumstances that they were facing appeared to be more than they could bear. It happens to all of us.

It may be the death of a loved one, or the breakdown of a relationship that we believed would never end. In some cases it is the loss of employment and the subsequent dark clouds of financial uncertainty that engulf us. In other cases it comes bursting in on our lives by means of a doctor’s hopeless diagnosis.

However it arrives and regardless of the specific details, life has a way of surprising all of us with horrendous hurts and devastating disappointments.

Along with these difficult times comes a plethora of unanswered questions that assault our already weary minds. “Why did this happen?” “How am I going to make it through this?” “Am I going to make it through this?” “What do I do now?”

It’s very likely that someone reading this blog today may be feeling these same emotions and asking these very same questions. If you are facing a set of circumstances similar to what I have just described, I have some good news for you: You… are… not… alone! Jesus made us a promise in Matthew 28:20 “And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” [ESV]

In Matthew 11:28, Jesus gives us further instruction as to what we should do when life seems to be too much to bear: “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” [ESV]

You may be sitting in a nice office, or you may be on break at the factory where you work. Perhaps you’re a busy housewife and you just got the kids off to school. Whoever you are, this Word for the Way is meant for you. You can, right now—wherever you are, go to the Lord in prayer and ask for His help concerning the situation you’re in. You can ask for His divine direction for the decisions that you are faced with right now.

UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_eeeThe psalmist, David, gave us a great example of how to begin our prayer in times of despair. He said, Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” (Psalm 61:1-2 KJV) You may not want to use the King James lingo, but I think you get the point.

We can take our needs to the Lord in prayer. And when we do, He has promised to not only hear us, but respond to our prayers as well.

Let’s read the Bible verse in Hebrews chapter 4 again: “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16 [KJV]

When life has overwhelmed you and you don’t know which way to turn or what to do, remember what you know about God and His Word. You can stand on that. Remember, Jesus loves and cares for you. He is willing and able to help you. Take your situation to the Lord in prayer and watch Him work.

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“Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” Psalm 119:11


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