Daily Reflections

Have You Prayed About It?

July 10, 2022 Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

I thirst for God, the living God. When can I come and appear before God? —Psalm 42:2

When you’re faced with problems that aren’t just a little squall on the sea of life but a storm that stays, what do you do? The writer of Psalms 42–43 was in that exact situation, and through his choices we find some actions we can take to help us with those distressing circumstances.

Before the psalmist talked to anyone else, he first talked to God. He turned his heart and his eyes (though they may have been filled with tears) toward his heavenly Father.

Aren’t we prone to want to talk with someone else first? We want someone we can see. So we talk to a friend, make an appointment with a therapist, or call our pastor. And we should thank God for those people. But if you’re not talking to the Wonderful Counselor, you’re not going to find the ultimate grace you need. The people God puts around you won’t be able to be as much help as they could be if you’re not first turning to God.

Make it Personal

How does going to God first and telling Him about your problems help when you are distressed and overwhelmed in life?