The Lord has heard your affliction.
Hagar, tired from running through the desert, rested beside a spring of water in the wilderness, her head filled with confused thoughts. The handmaiden was pregnant with Abraham’s child, which was set up by his wife, Sarah, who now mistreated her. When Hagar cried out to God, He heard her affliction and responded by sending an angel to help. What love and grace! Hagar knew God had come to her aid. In fact, when her baby was born, the boy was named “Ishmael”, which means “God hears”.
When you’re faced with life’s afflictions, cry out to God. You can pray…
Arrow prayers. On the spot and at the very second Nehemiah needed God’s help, he shot his “arrow prayer” upward to heaven. God gave him the words he needed as he asked the king for permission to go to Jerusalem and rebuild the city’s wall (Nehemiah 2:4).
Liquid prayers. The psalmist said, “You’ve kept track of my every toss and turn through the sleepless nights, each tear entered in your ledger, each ache written in your book” (Psalm 56:8 MSG). Saint Augustine called our tears “liquid prayers.”
Wordless prayers. When you don’t know what to pray or your heart is too heavy for words, the Holy Spirit helps (Romans 8:26).
Prayer is the answer to every problem because you’re talking to the God of the universe. And He cares! Trust Him and pray. Rejoice with the psalmist who says, “I love the Lord, because He has heard my voice and my supplications” (Psalm 116:1).