Monday, January 10, 2011

Last gasp prayer

Psalms 61
1 God, listen to me shout,
bend an ear to my prayer.
2 When I'm far from anywhere,
down to my last gasp
I call out, "Guide me
up High Rock Mountain!"
3 You've always given me breathing room,
a place to get away from it all,
4 A lifetime pass to your safe-house,
an open invitation as your guest.
5 You've always taken me seriously, God,
made me welcome among those who know and love you.

It's easy to get caught up in all the madness around us.  So many images on TV distract us.  So many stories of heartache and pain.  In our own lives we struggle with illness, attitude, bad work environments, war.. we pray the last gasp prayer like David.  We shout, "Are you listening God?  Are You there? I can't do this anymore.  I give up!" 

When I pray this, God waits until I'm done.  Then a very profound thought comes to mind, like, "You don't need to do it alone."  Sometimes a peace, a place in my heart to get away from it all.  Sometimes I even wonder what my problem was.  He does take us seriously.  I believe God wants us to let out our frustrations and then find His safe place.  It all starts with prayer.


  1. 2 Thessalonians 5:17 - "Pray incessantly." Can't get any plainer than that! :)