Luke 14:1-24; Genesis 25; Psalm 18
Sometimes the most effective prayers are the shortest. When trouble comes, I will often say something like “Lord, Help me.” Not only is there no need for long drawn out prayers following some formula in those times, there’s no time. That simple prayer tells God that I trust Him and that I believe that He alone is able to help. David spent a lot of time on the run from Saul in his earlier years and he was in distress quite often. “In my distress I cried out to the LORD; I called to my God for help. God heard my voice from his temple; I called to him for help, and my call reached his ears.” (Psalm 18:6) It doesn’t matter where we are or what kind of trouble we’re in, God hears our desperate pleas. The key is that in our distress, we keep focused on God. If God is the only One who can help, we can’t search in other places. God isn’t a last resort in our distress; He’s the first and only source of help. Whatever your troubles may be, cry out to God and be obedient to His response. You’ll never regret it.
Lord, how easy it is for me to look for help in all sorts of places only to turn to You as a last resort. Remind me that You are my source of help. Help me to seek You first, and then trust You to lead me from there.