5 Reasons to Ask for Help

Many of us struggle to ask for help. We want to carry our own burdens. We want to take care of business on our own.

But Isaiah reminds us that when we are the Lord’s, the best thing we can do is ask him for help. Because the benefits of asking God for help are huge!

  1. We will tap into God’s grace — his free and faithful love will be ours
  2. We will receive a timely answer to our requests
  3. We will find strength, courage and perseverance for times of adversity
  4. We will be given mentors, coaches and teachers to guide us
  5. We will be given guidance and assurance that we are on the right track

With benefits like that, we need to seriously reconsider any reluctance we might have when it comes to asking for help.

Especially when it comes to asking God for help!

“People of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. How gracious he will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears, he will answer you. Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them. Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it'” (Isaiah 30:19-21, NIV).

Lord Jesus, forgive me for trying to be too independent and always try to carry my own load. I know that you want to bear my burdens, because on the cross you bore the biggest burden of all — the sins of the entire world. I want all the benefits of asking for your help. Help me to remember to ask for your help daily.

Our Bible reading for Sunday, September 13, is Isaiah 30:19 – 32:20, 2 Corinthians 13:1-14 and Proverbs 22:17-27.

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A Glimpse of Power

Have you ever noticed that sometimes Jesus shows only little glimpses of his power?

We may wish for full-blown obliteration of all the problems and obstacles in our life. But Jesus leaves little roadblocks for us to struggle with in this life. He tells us, “My grace is sufficient for you.”

We may hope for financial security and wealth that will carry us through the rest of our lives at a comfortable level. Jesus gives us this day our daily bread.

We may desire peace and contentment each day. We may want love that lasts forever. We may covet courage that will give us a backbone to face any opponent.

God may grant us a measure of peace and contentment some days. He may give us love that lasts for a good long while — or just a short while. He may stiffen our backbone for some opponents, while allowing some fear to keep us humble and reliant on him for victory.

We see this in today’s Old Testament reading about David. David, a man after God’s own heart, was nevertheless still a sinful human being who needed God’s help. God did not immediately give him everything he had promised him. He allowed David to struggle with his fears and selfish desires on the way to finding fulfillment.

We see it with Jesus. He could have — with a word — completely wiped out his betrayer Judas, and all the soldiers sent to arrest him. But instead of giving them a full blast of his divine power and justice, he dialed it back and gave them just a glimpse of who he is and the power he possesses.

So Judas came to the garden, guiding a detachment of soldiers and some officials from the chief priests and the Pharisees. They were carrying torches, lanterns and weapons. Jesus, knowing all that was going to happen to him, went out and asked them, ‘Who is it you want?’

‘Jesus of Nazareth,’ they replied.

‘I am he,’ Jesus said. (And Judas the traitor was standing there with them.) When Jesus said, ‘I am he,’ they drew back and fell to the ground” (John 18:3-6, NIV).

Our Bible reading for Thursday, May 28, is 1 Samuel 21:1 – 23:29, John 18:1-24 and Proverbs 13:10-19.

Lord, allow me to see glimpses of your power. Show me that you are real and that you love me. Help me to be content with what you provide, and to see the benefit in waiting to see your full glory. As I journey toward heaven, be with me every day.

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