“The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I hope in Him!” The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, To the soul who seeks Him. It is good that one should hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD. (Lam 3:24-26)
Being a child of God is blissful. We are blessed, protected, and guided by Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. Yet we may encounter difficulties and sickness throughout our journey of life. As every morning is new, God’s grace is abundant. We still have hope when we are in distress. Facing the pressures and difficulties of life, why not try to seek peace and rest from prayers, adjust our emotions, relax oneself, and find the strength to start again.
“I waited patiently for the LORD; And He inclined to me, and heard my cry. He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps. He has put a new song in my mouth–Praise to our God; Many will see it and fear, and will trust in the LORD.” (Ps 40:1-3)
Hope is the power that supports human life. What is the ultimate hope of prayer? It is that God will hear our cries (Ps 40:1). At first, it may seem as if we are praying in the mud. It may be difficult to see clearly, but when God pulls us up, our feet will stand firmly on the rock. We will be able to see better than before we were in the silt. “He has put a new song in my mouth.” (Ps 40:3) Prayer fills us with hope. We wait for God to hear, but sometimes that hope will not come true immediately. Through prayer and talking to Him, we can know whether God listens to our prayers, and we shall wait patiently for the realization of hope.
Prayer can strengthen our hearts. When our hearts are strong, God will dwell in our hearts. Prayer is to wait for hope. If there is no faith to support in the process of waiting, this waiting may not last long.
The lyrics of Hymn “Close to Thee” reads, “Thou, my everlasting portion, more than friend or life to me; All along my pilgrim journey, Savior, let me walk with Thee. Close to Thee, close to Thee, close to Thee, close to Thee, all along my pilgrim journey, Savior, let me walk with Thee.” Lord Jesus Christ is our everlasting portion. The secret of a close relationship with God is to pray to Him often. When we are in distress, let us look not at the difficulties in front of us, but to seek God with faith and hope, because He is our salvation and help.