Terry R Baughman is Lead Pastor for LifeChurch in Gilbert, AZ. See his complete bio at trbaughman.com
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Hear my Cry
Heard on High
Terry R. Baughman
“Hear my cry, O God; Attend to my prayer. From the end of the earth I will cry to You, When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For You have been a shelter for me, a strong tower from the enemy” (Psalm 61:1-3 NKJV).
Sometimes we cry out in desperation, sometimes in faith. The important thing is to cry out confidently to a God who hears on high.
When everything is going wrong and problems seem to be overwhelming the last thing we need is someone to coach us on the proper way to pray or the correct posture to present our petitions. Perfectly folded hands or fingertips carefully aligned and pointing to heaven may be great models for art or sculpture, but not very helpful when one needs an answer from heaven.
From the pit of despair only a heartfelt cry serves to communicate the desperate desire for relief from suffering. Pain gives anguish a voice and hopelessness is heard through the tears of travail. We learn to weep when we know suffering. We find relief when we learn to cry. Our pleas for rescue become prayers for intervention. When our voice becomes a vehicle of intercession we find access into the healing resources of heaven’s provision.
We can be assured that God hears us when we cry out to Him. John wrote, “This is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us” (1 John 5:14). Confidence is the assurance of His responsiveness, the conviction of His love, and the positive belief that He has the answer for every present situation.
There should be no doubt that we have the attention of heaven when we call on the name of Jesus. “Whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it” (John 14:13-14). When you speak the name of Jesus Christ you will have His attention. Through His name there is power against every adversity and the authority to dominate “every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God” (2 Corinthians 10:5).
In the Psalms we find this assurance, “The Lord will hear when I call to Him” (4:3). David said, “In my distress I called upon the Lord, And cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His temple, And my cry came before Him, even to His ears” (18:6). We have His promise, “The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth” (145:18).
Not only are we speaking to God, but in our crying out to Him we find that He is speaking to us. In The Problem of Pain, C.S. Lewis wrote, “We can ignore even pleasure. But pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” In the midst of a pandemic, a problem, or persistent pain, God is speaking loudly and encouraging us to communicate with Him. He will be the shelter, that secure place of consolation in the course of crisis.
Remember, He hears us!
“We know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him” (1 John 5:15).