‘Then I called on the LORD: “O LORD, save me!”’ (Psalms 116:4)
The prayer of faith is generally short, and always to the point. It takes the soul and places it before God, in its real state and true character. It pleads with Him for what is really needed, and what must be had.
The Christian believer often needs deliverance, and faith cries to God for it. Their language is, “O Lord, I beseech Thee, deliver my soul from doubts and fears, which continually beset me; from a spirit of bondage, which would daily entangle me; from Satan who worries, harasses, and hinders me; from the sin which so easily besets me; from others who would injure or mislead me; from my own feelings, which daily burden me.”
That way, the Lord is acknowledged as the great Deliverer; our own inability is practically confessed; it is evident our trials and troubles are sanctified; the legitimate tendency of grace is discovered by the earnestness, simplicity, importunity, and success of our prayers.
May this be our daily cry until deliverance be no longer needed; for our God says, “Call upon Me in the day of trouble, I will deliver thee”.
Oh, for that tenderness of heart
Which bows before the Lord,
Acknowledges how just Thou art,
And trembles at Thy word!
Saviour, to me in pity give
The pledge Thou wilt at last receive.
THE DAILY REMEMBRANCER by James Smith (1802-1862)
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