Dearly beloved, when you pray to God from the bottom of your heart, He shall hear your cry and come to your help.
We read about a king called Josiah in the Bible (2 Kings 22:18,19). He became the king when he was 8 years old. How blessed was he!
If you were to become a king at this age, what will you ask? Surely you will ask for ice cream, colour TV etc. But look at this boy king! He wanted the Book of Law to be brought to him and the words of the covenant to be read to him.
As they were read to him, he realized how much his countrymen had flouted God’s commandments and brought His wrath upon them. The country had been deprived of all blessings.
What did King Josiah do then? Did he want to live in comfort and ease like his countrymen? No! He humbled himself before the Lord, tore his clothes and wept before Him (2 Kings 22:19). The Lord heard his cry because though he was a king, he humbled himself and cried to God. Accordingly, the Lord blessed King Josiah and through him his entire kingdom.
Consider Hannah. She was childless and hence was very much teased and provoked. One day, she went to the temple; and in the bitterness of her soul she prayed to the Lord and wept in anguish (1 Samuel 1:10). The priest Eli who saw her took her to be drunk. At once, she tore her soul before the Lord imploring Him to give her a child. The Lord remembered her and gave her a male child as desired by her.
In Mark 10:46-52, we read about Bartimaeus, a man born blind. He sat by the road begging. When he heard that Lord Jesus was coming that way, he cried out: "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" (Mark 10:47). Those around him warned him to be quiet and not disturb Lord Jesus who was amidst a cheering multitude.
Dearly beloved! Many here on earth may prevent you from crying aloud to the Lord for help. Your own relatives and friends may do that. But look at this Bartimaeus! The more they tried to silence him the more he cried: "Son of David, have mercy on me!" (Mark 10:48). So Lord Jesus stood still. The anguished cry of the blind man melted his heart. He commanded him to be called and asked him: “What do you want Me to do for you?” and gave him instant sight.
The Bible says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble” (1 Peter 5:5). God is pleased with humble people. When you humble yourself before Him and cry out to Him for His mercy, He shall look upon you with mercy. He will shower His grace upon you and exalt you.
Loving Lord Jesus,
I humble myself before You and cry out to You for mercy. Remember me in your mercy and look upon me with favour. Shower your grace upon me and exalt me. Grant me the desire of my heart and bless me. Shower your grace upon me and exalt me.
In Your matchless name I pray.