Oh Lord, please help me! You know my heart...You know my thoughts...You know the trouble I've seen...and You know all of my fears, too. Absolutely nothing can be hidden from You. Lord, You know of my pleas even before they form within my mind and emerge from my lips.
For some time, Lord, I have been reaching out to anyone who might lend an ear...calling out to them for help. But, my reaching and calling has been fruitless, and has recently changed into a desperate crying out for understanding. Perhaps loud, but inaudible, inner screaming is a better way to describe those feelings...and the screams are becoming more urgent and intense as the days wear on.
The fibers of my existence are being torn apart...pulled in every direction...and now, are almost shredded beyond repair. The very essence of who I am is being ripped away by uncontrolled circumstances...by thoughtless individuals...and by greedy predators with self-serving motives. I am very quickly becoming physically and emotionally bankrupt...sometimes not even knowing which way to turn. I am tired and so weary that it would be most difficult if life must continue in this way.
Lord, You know that I don't complain to others often, but when I do, it's rarely done loud enough to be clearly heard. Often times my appeals are made known to others only through a clue-filled word or comment here or there. However, no one seems to notice them, nor are they listening to my other heart-felt pleas for help. It seems as though they no longer care.
Those who I once could rely on for support are no longer here for me. They are not to be found. Now, there is only hollow silence when words of comfort and inspiration are needed most. I don't understand, Lord. Where have they gone?
But, this one thing I do know. I have Your promise and sure Word that You will never leave or forsake Your own. You have told me to cast my cares and burdens on You, for You will carry the load of every one of them for me. Lord, You have promised to give me the strength to go on day by day no matter what trials I must face. You have told me to trust in You fully and completely, for all others will fail and disappoint.
Lord, as You have promised, I know that Your outstretched arms are always there for me. Take my hand, Precious Lord, and never let go. Please hold my hand tightly, and lead me on. Then, walk slowly just ahead of me that I might follow Your footprints each step of the way.
And finally, Lord, I take great comfort knowing of this promise:
Isaiah 43:1b-3a NKJV:
Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by your name;
You are Mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned,
Nor shall the flame scorch you.
For I am the LORD your God,
The Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
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