Pastor Kyle McIver
Many of us pray in one of two ways: we either set aside dedicated time to get down on our knees or sit at a favorite desk to focus on prayer, or else we pray as we are going about our day. We actually ought to have both of these present in our lives - time to press in and pray, and times throughout our day when we pray for the people and needs that arise during everyday life.
The latter kind of prayers are often short and to the point:
Jesus, would you strengthen me for this next meeting?
Jesus, please forgive me for the way I just spoke to my daughter.
Jesus, would you provide for us this month when it looks like finances will be tight?
I’ve found that many of my prayers throughout the day boil down to one word: help! Help me focus... help me be patient… help me keep my eyes fixed on you, Jesus! Yesterday was one such day where I was asking often for help, and I began reading in Isaiah 40 and 41. Speaking about his people Israel, whom he has chosen, the offspring of Abraham, God says this in Isaiah 41:10: You are my servant, I have chosen you and not cast you off; fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
What an incredible promise! And as I read it over again, I was reminded of Hebrews 2, where we see that Jesus helps not angels, but the offspring of Abraham. How does he help the offspring of Abraham? He became like us in every respect so that he might become our merciful and faithful high priest. He made atonement for our sins and carries with him all of the human experiences necessary to truly understand what we are going through.
We often find ourselves in need of help. We’re never going to outgrow the simple prayer: “Jesus, help me!” But Redeemer, be encouraged - this prayer may be simple, but it is as powerful as it is simple! When you come to Jesus and ask for his help, his heart goes out to you. He longs to help you, even if you don’t know exactly what kind of help you need! Jesus knows you, and he knows how to strengthen you… how to uphold you with his righteous right hand… how to identify with you in the battle against temptation… how to live by faith in the face of suffering… Jesus knows. He was made like us in every respect so that he could help his people.
So my exhortation for you this morning Redeemer is simply this: ask Jesus for help. By faith in promises like the ones found in Isaiah 41 and Hebrews 2, come confidently before the Lord with all of your needs. Jesus is both willing and able to help you in every circumstance you face.