“But in my distress I cried out to the Lord; yes, I prayed to my God for help. He heard me from his sanctuary; my cry to him reached his ears.” Psalm 18:6 (NLT)
Imagine you are taking a big test. It is in a subject you have never studied before. Your subject is being taught by a professor who knows more about the topic than anyone else. No one, not your friends, your classmates, or even other professors know as much about the subject as your professor does. You struggle with the material. You ask your classmates, but they are just as confused as you. You ask other professors, but they don’t know much about your professor’s subject. You ask for help from everyone you know, except the person you should have asked in the first place, your professor. When you fail the test, your professor asks you, “Why didn’t you come to me for help?”
Sometimes we treat God like that professor. We know that God can help us, but we go first to every other possible source before we go to God. Foolish at best. We need to go to God first. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t seek help from others and do our best to solve the problem, but it means that we recognize that all the answers and all the help we need comes from one source, God. God is concerned with all of the details of our lives. No problem is beneath His dignity to help with. Jesus washed the disciples feet to prove that He came to serve. So, before you do anything else, ask for God’s help. Then go and do your best, knowing God will go with you.
“Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NLT)
“Lord, you know the hopes of the helpless. Surely you will hear their cries and comfort them.” Psalm 22:29-31 (NLT)
“I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me. He freed me from all of my fears.” Psalm 34:4 (NLT)