Difficult Petitions

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Today's reading: Psalm 74:1-23

When we're in the middle of a difficult situation, our prayers to God can take on a whiny tone in pretty short order (and yes, I am speaking from experience). So I was thankful for Asaph's example in Psalm 74. As he petitions God for help, he unquestionably lets God know how bad the situation is, yet he doesn't approach God with a complaining attitude or convey his request with a whiny tone. Instead, Asaph's approach is one of reverence toward God. He recognizes God for who He is and His power and authority over all. Asaph approaches God respectfully, tells Him all that is going on, and humbly asks for His help. He then concludes his prayer with an expectant call for God to take action in defense of His sovereign plan.

How do you approach God when you pray? Is it your practice to recognize God's greatness and praise Him for what He has done as part of your prayers—even when you're hurting? What's one thing that stood out to you from Asaph's prayer, and why? Tami

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Tami,this is good lesson for us to think how we approach God during our difficult situations. I have had a variety ways that I approach God. Sometimes I act like I have to inform the Lord what is going on as if He does know, how foolish of me. Then I have begged God what needs to be done,this is when I forget God knows and He has in all in control and only when I step out of the way with my human-minded thinking knowing He knows BEST and has a plan for me. I would like to say that at ALL times that I approach the the Lord Who knows my need and can help me because I humbled myself and allowing God to help me when I pray trusting Him knowing that He knows BEST and has a plan for me.
I need to praise the Lord MORE when I am hurting and in difficult struggles and situations.

It appears to me that Asaph is telling God something that He thinks God needs to be reminded. I do like verses "Yet God my King is from of old,
working salvation in the midst of the earth.
You divided the sea by your might;" vs. 12,13.

Even here in the OT we see God being addressed as King and Asaph is acknowledging God's might and His working salvation in our midst.

May I remember during tough times God is Ruler/King Who knows what I need and to let Him know my need and that I have confidence in the Lord God to
meet my needs as He sees fit. Praise the Lord. Tough times helps us grow and to trust God more!

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