Though I was driving the speed limit, I instinctively slowed down.
Do you do that too?
Personally, I think that tendency is tied to my past. When I was younger, I used to speed all the time and got a bunch of tickets for being a lead foot. Now I am more aware of the speedometer.
I’m actually the lady you’ll probably try to get around for being too slow on the road—at least most of the time. Still, I have my days when I look down and notice I need to let up on the gas pedal.
Well, anyway, as I got closer and really focused in on the police car, I started laughing. You know why? Because I could see it was being towed.
There I was, hitting the break for a conked-out law enforcement vehicle! It was funny to me that my mind associated that automobile with authority, even though it had none at the moment. There was no driver in it and it was hitched to the back of a tow truck.
I’m not really used to a cop vehicle being broken down.
I guess there are some things we expect to work and function 100% of the time. We equate them with strength, power and reliability.
But what happens when the helper needs help? When the carrier needs carrying? When the one that usually answers 911 emergencies, has their own personal emergency?
I have been there in my own life. It is strange, difficult and frustrating.
I’m sure you know a thing or two about that.
There have been moments when you were too weak to be strong for anyone else; too hurt to heal anyone else’s pain; and too stunned by life’s struggles to even know how to begin to pray.
That’s a tough place to be. Yet, we all go through rough spots in life. No matter how strong we typically are, the time will come when, like that police car being towed, we’ll need some assistance.
Someone to dry our tears.
A shoulder to lean on.
A helping hand.
The good news is, God never leaves us alone in our periods of distress.
Friend, when you cry, He will comfort. His grace will sustain you. The Lord will bring you through heartaches and hard times. He is your refuge, shield and sustainer. He will keep you through it all.
Again, when you cry, He will comfort.
He will deliver.
He will help.
Rest in Him.
To assist you in doing that, I’m stirring one of my go-to scriptures for times of distress into your cup of inspiration.
It is found in Psalm 3:3-5, which says, “But you are a shield around me, O LORD; you bestow glory on me and lift up my head. To the LORD I cry aloud, and he answers me from his holy hill. ‘Selah’ I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me.”
As you drink down the contents of your cup, you will be reminded to look to the One who lifts up your head. You will be encouraged to seek Him, knowing He is a very present help in your time of need.
Let God take care of you. Allow Him to hold your hand and carry the weight you have been dragging around. His hands and arms are much stronger than yours and they are forever outstretched.
Ask for what you need. Tell the Lord you feel like you’re drowning in a sea of troubles. Be honest about what you’re going through and give Him an open invitation to share the load.
Go ahead and put out that distress call and watch God come to your aid.
Psalm 91:15 NIV says, “He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.”
God will help you.
Now please join me in praying for those on our “Thoughtful Thursdays” list. Let’s connect our faith with theirs and believe for a mighty move of God.
I am requesting prayer for myself and my two young children. I am currently working part-time whilst in school and my husband chose to leave our family two days ago. We have been married for 6 years. I am trusting God for a breakthrough all while trying not to breakdown. My children ages 5 and 3 are distraught and do not understand why daddy has left them! I am trying to be strong for my children. I pray that God gives me enough grace to get through this and open doors so that I am able to provide for my children. My husband has been very cruel during this time, so I am praying for his soul as well because he is still their dad! Please touch and agree with me in prayer. I appreciate it and thank you!
I have been stuck for the past 2 years. I served on the outreach ministry, children's ministry and I found myself being burnt out. I have found myself no longer reading my word, praying like I once was and lost. Since then, I have gone through so much in my life and I cannot get my mojo back. I am now addicted to prescribed medications and feeling as though I am depressed. God has brought me through sexual and physical abuse, abandonment issues, self-esteem issues. So I know that God can bring me through this. I know He has not left me. I know He is there. I am needing help with deliverance. I'm lost and need to be found. Please HELP!!!!!
Father God I need prayer for my marriage we are going thru a rough spot, I have suggest counseling for both of us, but he says he will not go. He also says that he is disappointed about our marriage, Please pray for me to be strong give it to God and let it go, sometimes I want an immediate fix, but I can’t fix it. I just need the strength. I can’t have someone who will only talk to me when we are talking business, no intimacy. It’s just like we are coexisting in our home. Please help me and pray for me. Thanking you in advance.
I would like prayer for me and my son that God will just make our bond stronger as mother and son, that God will bless him in school, make him the head and not the tail, give him strength in school to stand for God, for my job that I will have favor in Christ and that I will be able to get a car and my place and also be able to return to school and one day if it’s
God’s will that I will have the right person be a part of my life and for family that we will always keep God #1 always.
Pray for my healing. I have been sick for 8 month.
I am so weak and I need help in being consistent with the Lord. All of His promises are available to me if I would just follow His wise council. I need help with weight loss, devoting my life to carving out personal prayer and intercessory time, back pain and leading my small church back to being a lively and thriving congregation. Thank you for standing with me. In Jesus Name. Amen
Please pray for me and my family. I am struggling at the moment to make ends meet. Sometimes I don't even have money to purchase electricity or gas which means there are days when we have to go without food.
I have been attending interviews and all I am told is that I don't have the experience and I find myself questioning God, why is it I have to be suffering like this. If I am his child why do I have to go through all this.
I need your prayers and I need them desperately.
Please pray with me for my daughter. She is 20 years old - she is a virgin, and away in college. This is her second year in college, and now she is getting involved with a young man that attends the same college, and is very close to our family - he is my granddaughter’s uncle. While he is not a blood relative, the relationship is wrong - he is still involved with the mother of his child, who looks at my daughter as a friend. The mother of his child has no idea they have been entertaining the thought of being in a relationship - I am totally against it, I told her what they are doing is deceitful…please pray for my child, I don't know what has gotten into her, however I know God can intervene and get her back in line with Him. Thank You.
Can you please help me pray that I get a favourable employment contract where I work. I was promoted recently and it was from a contract position where I was getting so little, but am waiting for the new contract, I am a single mum struggling to take care of my son. I need remuneration that will be adequate for all our needs.
I am working a t a new school this year, and am having trouble with the students. The students are unruly, disrespectful, and seem not to care about learning. I also seem not to have backup from the administration as well. I pray that the students realize that I am not there against them, but to help. I only have been in school a month, and already am at my wits end with some. I want prayer for them (whatever is causing them to act this way), and for myself (for strength). God Bless! Amen
I am going through a transition. God has place a dream in my heart that I am pursuing. Trying to make a career change and start my own business. I pray for continuation of strength and guidance. I need healing and prayers of support in my relationship, career and financial situation. I know God has a wonderful blessing in store but sometimes the wicked ways of the devil tries to derail me. I want to remain rooted and faithful in God and I know he will use me to help and inspire others.
I am 24 years old currently seeking another job. Right now I am working as a substitute teacher, which I currently am unhappy with because it's low pay with no benefits and a very hectic school environment. I graduated with a BA in English last year, and I had to return back to my small town. It is my desire to find a job in Jackson, MS that will allow me to support myself, yet be flexible enough to attend grad school. I have already began applying for jobs in the area. The job search for me so far has been stressful and disappointing. I am hoping for the best, yet I am struggling to keep myself together emotionally.
God, thank You for being my burden-bearer and a present help in my time of need. When things get hard & the road feels long and rocky, remind me to look to You, my source of life, strength, hope and the giver of everything I need. I praise You for all the ways You have and will come to my aid. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
As always, thanks for reading and until next time... may today's cup of inspiration uplift, encourage, and empower you!
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