Psalm 88:2 “May my prayer come before you; turn your ear to my cry.”
There is a saying: ‘desperate times call for desperate measures’. In this psalm the Psalmist is crying out to God in his pain. He is overwhelmed, forsaken, and afraid for his life and feels that darkness is his only friend. I am sure that all people at different times in their lives can relate to those feelings.
The interesting point is that in those deep feelings of anxiety the psalmist turns to God in prayer. Prayer is communication with God and it takes faith. After all, there is no point in praying if you don't believe there is a God. Hebrews 11:6 says that without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He is a rewarder of those that earnestly seek Him.
The result of praying is that God hears and answers. The problem with praying is that God doesn't always answer on our time frame! In the parable found in Luke 11:5-9 Jesus is speaking of a friend that goes to his neighbor at night asking for help. The neighbor refuses to help and ignores the request. However, the friend just doesn't go away. He persists in his asking...how annoying! I am sure the one in bed just wanted peace. But Luke says: " because of his shameless audacity he got up and gave him as much as he needed"!
Audacity is a great word. It means boldness, a willingness to take bold risks. You see the word says, ask and it will be given to you for anyone that asks, receives! Then in John 14:14 it states, you may ask me anything in my name and I will do it! Regardless of our situation, we can come to the Father with confidence in Jesus name. And when we do we know He hears us and will answer our prayers, even if they are bold!
Prayer: "Father I come to you in Jesus name and I ask you to increase my faith that I would call out to you in shameless audacity. I thank you that you hear me when I call and I ask that you would answer the longing of my heart."